Massachusetts legislators will be holding a public hearing on H.3454, an act that expands rental occupancy tax to short-term single-family rentals, adds regulations on to operators of short-term rental accommodations and requires insurance coverage requirements for short-term rentals.
CCIAOR & MAR oppose the bill on a variety of grounds. On the issue of rental occupancy tax itself, you can read CCIAOR’s recent letter to the editor on the topic, HERE.
On the regulation side, H.3454 is complicated and the current language of the bill groups different short-term rental owners in different categories. However, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® advises us not to get bogged down in the actual language of the proposed bill as it will change as it moves through the legislative process.
The focus needs to be on the opposition of taxation on single-family homes as lodging, the burden it places on the homeowner to collect the tax, and the importance of a single-family rental homes in the tourism economy.
If you plan to attend the hearing, please email CCIAOR CEO Ryan Castle at email@example.com, so we can have an idea of how many members we will have in attendance.