Debate Heats Up Over State Bill to Tax Rental Properties

Against a backdrop of rocketing demand for vacation rentals on the Cape and Islands, state lawmakers are anticipating the passage of a sweeping tax on short-term rentals.

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Sweeping Bylaw to Regulate Rentals in Tisbury Is on Hold

Saying it had not received enough public airing, Tisbury selectmen voted last night to pull a bylaw from the town meeting warrant that would regulate rental properties in town.

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Chilmark Takes Aim at Short-Term Rentals

On the heels of a planning effort aimed at expanding Island housing opportunities, the Chilmark planning board has begun investigating short-term rentals such as those offered through Airbnb.

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No Rooms for Rent
In the next few weeks, almost a dozen families are being displaced. Kids out of college are finding nowhere to go; elderly people and adults alike are stumbling over the housing deficiency.
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As Economy Improves, Year-Round Rentals Grow More Scarce

Using social media, a group of people are working to shed light on the Vineyard shuffle, the annual problem they say is afflicting the community even more severely this year.

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Pennywise Path Plan Wins MVC Approval
Ruling that the dire need for low-cost rental housing trumps traffic concerns, the Martha's Vineyard Commission voted unanimously last night to approve the Pennywise Path affordable housing project in Edgartown.
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Rental Assistance Money is Covered For Three Months

It appears that tenants will be secure at least through January in the four Island towns where rental housing contracts were put in jeopardy two weeks ago, when the Island Affordable Housing Fund could not pay the monthly subsidies.

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Affordable Rental Housing Applications Now Available

Applications for affordable rental housing in Oak Bluffs are now available through the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority, on behalf of TRI (The Resource Inc), a private, nonprofit corporation working in conjunction with the town of Oak Bluffs and the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

The new rental housing is in the Noyes building (formerly the Oak Bluffs library) and includes:

One studio apartment; one one-bedroom apartment; and one two-bedroom, fully accessible apartment. Rents range from $850 to $1,030 per month.

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Affordable Housing Fund Eyes Larger, Denser Rental Designs

In a significant change of direction, the director of the Island Affordable Housing Fund, Ewell Hopkins, is looking to large-scale affordable rental projects rather than home ownership developments as a solution to the Vineyard’s chronic housing problem.

And as money for affordable development from the traditional source, private donations, has dried up, he is turning instead to other sources, specifically the federal government and the largest national nonprofit developer of affordable rental housing.

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