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CAMBRIDGE MOVES TO RESTRICT SHORT-TERM RENTALS

By Matt Murphy

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, AUG. 8, 2017....In the absence of a state strategy to regulate short-term housing rentals, the Cambridge City Council voted Monday night to require hosts to live in the same or an adjacent building as part of a new set of rules designed to protect the city's scarce affordable housing market.

The new city ordinance would also require hosts who rent units online through sites like Airbnb to register with the city and undergo an inspection once every five years. There are not caps on the number of nights a unit can be rented.


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