CLE Program

Airbnbs: Public Law Regulations, Tax Considerations and Landlord/Tenant Issues


Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Runtime: 2:30h

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The ever-increasing popularity of short-term lodging reservation websites that allow individuals to list their spare rooms, apartments, condos or entire homes has given way to a host of new legal issues for municipalities, condo associations and landlords.
This panel will discuss the impact of these types of websites and hosting businesses on a variety of real estate, tax and public law concerns, with a focus on how different municipalities are addressing the impact on the traditional rental markets, the rise of de facto hotels, and tax implications through new regulations, statutes and recent court decisions.
Specific topics include:

  • Local and state statutes and ordinances, including Boston’s short-term rental ordinance, the commonwealth’s STR statute (effective July 1, 2019), municipal ordinances, and other efforts to regulate and ban Airbnbs
  • Recent court decisions, including the recently settled Airbnb lawsuit against Boston’s STR ordinance
  • Business and residential zoning issues
  • Landlord/tenant issues, including terminating tenancies, drafting effective leases and eviction
  • Strategies for tenants hosting on Airbnb
  • Impact on the Massachusetts real estate market
  • Potential liability of tenants or landlords for criminal activity, property damages and personal injury
  • Massachusetts room and occupancy tax changes that impact Airbnb activities
  • The Fourth Amendment and expectation of privacy issues



Susan G. Anderson, Esq., Program Co-chair
Thomas G. Collins, Esq., Program Co-chair
McCarter & English LLP, Boston
Evelyn A. Haralampu, Esq., Program Co-chair
Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston
E. Pamela Salpoglou, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Law Office of E. Pamela Salpoglou Inc., Stoughton
Sheldon C. Toplitt, Esq., Program Co-chair
Sheldon C. Toplitt, Esq., Ashland
Kevin Wells Brown, Esq., Panelist
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Dept. of Revenue, Boston
Mark S. Einhorn, Esq., Panelist
Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks PC, Braintree
Thomas A. Mullen, Esq., Panelist
Thomas A. Mullen PC, Lynnfield
Jeffrey C. Turk, Esq., Panelist
Turk & Milone, LLP, Braintree
Natasha Varyani, Esq., Panelist
New England Law | Boston, Boston

Sponsoring Sections:

Taxation Section
Public Law Section
Real Estate Law Section

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