Short-Term Rental Law Sparks Confusion, Questions
Julia Wells
Two weeks after the short-term rental tax was signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker, elected officials and town hall administrators on the Vineyard were busy sorting through the details and fielding phone calls from confused homeowners.
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Governor Signs Rental Tax Bill Into Law
Landry Harlan

With an end-of-the-year stroke of the pen, Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation last Friday extending state and local occupancy taxes now paid by hotels to short-term rentals such as those offered through Airbnb.

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Tax on Short Term Rentals Nears Reality
Jane Seagrave and Landry Harlan

Legislation passed this week by Massachusetts lawmakers would extend state and local occupancy taxes to short-term rental properties.

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Tisbury Will Revisit Short-Term Rental Regulations
Holly Pretsky

Tisbury selectmen are once again considering new rules for short-term rentals ahead of this year’s town meeting.

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Debate Heats Up Over State Bill to Tax Rental Properties
Alex Elvin

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
Heather Hamacek

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
Alex Elvin

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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Housing Surveys Paint Picture of Island Under Pressure
Alex Elvin

A series of recently-completed housing plans show a year-round population straining under the weight of rents and mortgages amid prohibitive building costs and the pressures of a seasonal real estate market.

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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
Olivia Hull

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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