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STATEMENT FROM CITY COUNCILORS LYDIA EDWARDS AND MICHELLE WU ON REGULATION OF SHORT-TERM RENTALS IN BOSTON


STATEMENT FROM CITY COUNCILORS LYDIA EDWARDS AND MICHELLE WU ON REGULATION OF SHORT-TERM RENTALS IN BOSTON


On Wednesday, March 21st, Mayor Walsh withdrew his proposed ordinance as his administration and the Boston City Council jointly concurred to defer a vote and to continue development of policy on short-term rentals. In response, Councilors Edwards and Wu issued the following statement:


“After many productive conversations, it’s clear that the City Council, the Administration, residents and advocates share the same goal for creating short-term rental policy: stabilizing our neighborhoods by closing loopholes for de facto hotels while preserving the benefits of home-sharing for residents,” said Councilor Michelle Wu. “As we hone in on finalizing the details, I’m looking forward to making a collaborative, quick push to get this done.”


“As Chair of the City Council’s Committee on Housing and Community Development, I will push for strong regulation of short-term rentals that frees up housing stock for long-term Boston residents while allowing homeowners to bring in supplemental income,” said Councilor Lydia Edwards. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the council, Mayor Walsh, Rep. Michlewitz and our state delegation as well as numerous community stakeholders to enact an ordinance that combats displacement while modernizing our city’s policies for the 21st century.”



updated: 5 months ago