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    Boston Considers Regulating Airbnb Rentals

    Mayor Marty Walsh said he'll file a proposed ordinance to track and regulate the rentals of bedrooms, apartments or entire houses for days or weeks at a time to visitors and tourists.

    (Published Monday, Jan. 22, 2018)

    Boston is looking to regulate short-term rentals advertised on Airbnb and other websites.

    Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh said Monday he'll file a proposed ordinance to track and regulate the rentals of bedrooms, apartments or entire houses for days or weeks at a time to visitors and tourists.

    The proposal requires City Council approval.

    Walsh says his plan will deter landlords from converting too many housing units into short-term rentals. Housing advocates complain the rentals amount to unregulated hotels that exacerbate an already tight housing market.

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    Walsh's proposal requires short-term rental operators register with the city, pay an annual fee and limit the number of nights a unit can be booked per year.

    Airbnb and other booking platforms would also be required to provide the city monthly data on rental listings.

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