Detroit quickly reverses ban on Airbnb after backlash


That was fast. 

Airbnb rentals in Detroit were banned this week in certain neighborhoods after changes to the city's zoning ordinance went into effect. 

But once hosts flagged city officials and Airbnb about cease and desist notices, it turned out no one — not even the mayor — knew that the partial ban was in place.


By Friday, the city had assured it wasn't actually going after hosts renting out rooms on Airbnb.

UPDATE: #Detroit's Buildings, Safety Engineering & Environmental Department (BSEED) "will not be ticketing homeowners for renting out rooms in their own residence, whether through Airbnb or otherwise" pending a review of zoning code ban on some Airbnb rentals by city law

— Chad Livengood (@ChadLivengood) February 9, 2018

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