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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Housing Report Paints Grim Picture - Of Rental Market Crisis on Vineyard
Mandy Locke

You know exactly who they are - your son's second grade teacher, your neighbor whose spouse left last year, the EMT who revived your father last month. It's the regional high school class of 1997.

This is but a snapshot of the nearly 2,000 faces of those unfortunate enough to struggle month after month, year after year with the lack of affordable housing on Martha's Vineyard.

You've heard their stories dozens of times, but do you know just how severe the affordable housing problem is?

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Rental Market Hits Slowdown
Mandy Locke

The Vineyard's summer rental market is soft this season.

How low the market has slumped, reasons for the dip and long-term projections have yet to be determined, but real estate agents across the Island feel the hit.

Some companies slowed slightly this season while others experienced as much as a 20 per cent fall. Real estate brokers feel the pinch in a variety of ways — dollars, volume of inquiries, length of vacation stays — but all are reporting a downward turn.

Many of the agencies see a correlation between a jump in rental prices and the slowdown.

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