Q: What is the current status of short-term vacation rentals in Massachusetts? Are they even allowed now?
A: Gov. Baker's 4-Phase Plan to re-open Mass. Economy was announced on 5/18 starting with Phase 1. Each phase will last at least 3 weeks. As of now, Lodging, including short-term rentals, are included in Phase 2 and may include some restrictions. Pending positive public health data trends, Phase 2 will begin Monday, June 8th at the earliest.
Assuming the ban has been lifted by summer, it's likely that some restrictions and requirements will be mandated for your protection per CDC guidelines.
Further guidance and clarification is expected and will be updated here as we learn more.
Q. What is considered a short-term rental?
Short-term is any vacation rental that is rented for 31 or fewer days.
Q. Are any rentals permitted now?
A: Yes, vacation rentals for 32+ days are allowed to start before June 8. It is urged that anyone visiting from out-of-state to quarantine for 14-days.
Rentals are also permitted for health care workers, first responders, and other
workers constituting the COVID-19 Essential Workforce. More details may be found in the Mass.gov guidance
Q. Can I book a vacation rental now?
Yes, even though short-term rentals are not permitted prior to June 8, a rental may be booked after that date. Inquire directly with the host on their payment schedule and cancellation policies.
Q. I am reluctant to pay my final deposit, given the uncertainty about whether they will even be permitted at the time of my vacation. What should I do?
A: Contact the owner of your rental home to discuss your options. Most homeowners are doing everything they can to be flexible and accommodating.