New short-term rental regulations for Massachusetts goes into effect this year

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Source: WWLP 22 News
By Hayley Crombleholme
January 7, 2018

Governor Charlie Baker has signed a bill regulating short-term rentals, like Airbnb.

Baker signed the new law at the end of December. It subjects short-term rentals to the same 5.7 percent state lodging tax that hotels and traditional bed and breakfasts have to pay. The bill also allows cities and town to impose an additional six-percent tax on rentals if they want.

Before this new law, short-term rental companies like Airbnb and vacation rental by the owner were able to offer rooms to people without charging those additional fees.

Skipping those taxes allowed them to offer rooms at considerably cheaper prices than traditional hotels.

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