Category Archive: Vacation Rental Homeowner News

Breaking news and events in the vacation rental industry.

Aug 01 2016

Great news — no lodging tax on vacation rentals for this year!

The 2015-2016 legislative session ended at midnight last night with several key bills ready to present to Governor Baker for his signature.  Notably absent from the $700M economic development bill was the proposal to apply the state hotel and motel tax to lodging such as AirBnB and vacation rentals!

Thank you to all of you …

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May 19 2016

CARE for the Cape Day in Brewster

Last week sponsored the 3rd annual CARE for the Cape Day. CARE for the Cape & Islands is an organization that promotes travelers’ philanthropy and responsible travel. As stated in their mission statement, CARE seeks to encourage, support, and create opportunities for visitors to donate their “time, talent, and treasure” to help preserve and …

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May 11 2016

Growing Support for Lodging Tax

We’ve recently seen renewed interest in expanding the lodging tax to apply to private home rentals in Massachusetts, in part because of the increasing number of AirBnB units in the cities.  The nearly 12% tax (5.7% to the state and up to 6% to the individual towns) would apply to all short-term rentals, as well …

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Mar 09 2016

TV Interview with Award-Winning

Last month, the Executive Director at the Brewster Chamber of Commerce, Kyle Hinkle, announced that had been awarded the Build a Better Mousetrap Award via SCORE. We were thrilled to receive this recognition. The award “honors companies that survive the critical first five years and appear to be headed for long-term success.” Kyle laughed when …

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Feb 25 2016

Why homeowners are outraged about vacationer booking fees

Rarely in our 18-year history have we witnessed such a hue and a cry from vacation rental homeowners as we have the past few weeks! Perhaps ironically, their outrage stems from HomeAway/VRBO’s recent decision to join other “big box” vacation rental sites in requiring vacationers to pay a booking fee.

Why are homeowners so upset?

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