With over 300 AirBnB listings in Revere, the City Council is going to tackle the job of implementing regulations overseeing the trend of short terms rentals.
The issue of short-term rental housing has been building over the past few years and many cities and towns have implemented local regulations.
Boston is working on new rules covering short-term rentals, but is a few weeks away from adopting them. The Boston City Council has asked for more time to develop the technology to enforce new rules,
Last year, the Winthrop council approved a special permit process for transient housing. Under the ordinance, anyone who wants to rent out a room is required to have a permit. The main concerns in Winthrop were cooking privileges, fire code enforcement, health codes, bathrooms, parking and more.
At last weekâ€™s Revere City Council meeting, Ward 3 Councillor Arthur Guinasso brought the issue to the table, asking for an ordinance to be created by the mayor, the city solicitor and the building inspector.
â€œWe are allowing another intrusion into our community,â€ he said, adding that residential parking in the city could end AirBnB.
Ward 1 Councillor Joanne McKenna said the city should look into a 6 percent tax for AirBnBâ€™s. She noted that the local hotel tax is seven percent.
Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky said he once ran into a man near the MBTA station who asked where the closest AirBnB was. Itâ€™s something that stuck with him.
Councillor Dan Rizzo added that the rooming houses in the city are also a concern.
â€œWe have to look at the whole picture,â€ Rizzo said. â€œEvery little bit impacts the city.â€
Ward 5 Councillor John Powers said safety precautions like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, also should be considered.
The council sent Guinassoâ€™s motion to the Legislative Affairs Subcommittee.