Detroit may have quietly banned many Airbnb rentals with a new zoning law that went into effect this week. The zoning change as written bans Airbnb room rentals in owner-occupied single-family and duplex homes.
The company says that's about 50% of Detroit's total Airbnb business.
Some Airbnb owners claim city is now notifying people like Melissa Jasper to stop opening up their homes to paid guests.
Jasper says her Airbnb business was paying the mortgage. And she says the change is short-sighted, because a good Airbnb host is a booster for their city's image.