Short-term rentals such as AirBnB, HomeAway, and Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO) have been a controversial topic in the North End / Waterfront for quite some time. North End / Waterfront neighborhood groups have been increasingly confronted with zoning variances that often support the creation of new units, potentially designed to be for short-term use, such as the case at 32 Charter Street.
State Rep. Michlewitz proposed new regulations on these rentals back in February, but reported at the July Neighborhood Council meeting that these new taxes proved too complicated to make it into the state FY18 budget. State lawmakers will continue the discussion in the next legislative session. City regulators could follow with local rules, debated last December at the Boston City Council.
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