'It's a tense issue': Proposed short-term rental bylaw worries Nantucket
For Rebecca Chapa, owner of the restaurant The Hungry Minnow, it means shuffling between the upstairs portion of her house to a small apartment in the basement every summer to make some extra cash.
The House Rental Game
With a controversial proposal that could reshape one of the pillars of Nantucket?s tourism economy?the short-term vacation rental market? the nascent island organization known as ACK?Now has made a splash over the typically quiet offseason. The group?s bylaw proposal to regulate and restrict short-term rentals has spawned an intense debate that encompasses property rights, affordable housing and community character, while also catching the attention of the giant online platforms like Airbnb and VRBO that facilitate them.