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New Rental Rules: Laketown

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The March 15 Holland Sentinel carried an article regarding new requirements in Laketown Township’s new rental ordinance, in effect now. These new rules apply only to the section of Macatawa Park that is located in Laketown, which includes Maksaba Trail and half of North Hill. (Park Township ordinances have not changed as of yet; calls were not returned.)

Laketown Township landlords and owners who rent out their residences on a long-term or short-term basis will have to register with the township, pay a registration fee and obtain a certificate of compliance. Certificates must need be renewed with the township every two years. Rental unit registration is set at $250 for single or two-family rentals and $150/building plus $25 per unit for multi-family rental properties.

To obtain a certificate, rental units must undergo inspection by the fire department. New rental requirements include working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in each unit, one off-street parking space for every two bedrooms, and a maximum occupancy of two people per bedroom.

The new process, which includes a checklist for rental owners, is available on the township website. These rules also affect those who rent out their properties for days or weeks at a time through online platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. With this process, the township staff has a little more control to ensure that rentals are working well and fitting into the neighborhoods.

To register: go online to Laketowntwp.org. That will take you to the Home page. You will see Boards and Commissions on the left side, with attached documents regarding rental unit application, inspections and fee schedules. Any questions: call Graafschap Fire Department office (616) 396.4060. Or email: [email protected]

You may also view the new ordinance on the Laketown website.

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