At the Fall 2020 Special Town Meeting, a Short Term Rental Bylaw was passed to protect residents' safety, health, and quality of life, while allowing an avenue for residents to operate short-term rental businesses in homes in Lexington.
The Land Use, Housing, and Development Department developed the bylaw in response to the increased popularity of short-term rentals and concerns raised by neighbors living close to short-term rental properties.
A Short Term Rental, or STML, refers to the rental of any dwelling unit or bedroom as a residential accommodation for a duration of less than 30 consecutive days. Common hosting platforms used are Air BnB, VRBO, Craigslist, HomeAway, Boston Rentals, Couch Surfing, and FlipKey.
A resident, classified as an Operator-Occupied or Operator-Adjacent, will be allowed to rent a whole dwelling unit, or up to three bedrooms within their own dwelling unit for no longer than thirty (30) consecutive days, with a 120-day limitation per calendar year, when the Operator is not present.
Property owners would need to apply for annual registration and will be subject to an inspection by the Building and Zoning Office before issuing a Certificate of Registration.