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Cambridge, MA

It’s important for you to understand your local laws if you want to become an Airbnb host. We provide a platform and marketplace, but we don’t provide legal advice. Even so, we want to share some info to help you understand laws and other rules that relate to short term rentals in Cambridge, MA. The information in this article isn’t exhaustive, but it should help you start your research on local laws. If you have questions, contact the Cambridge Inspectional Services Department or another local authority, such as a local lawyer or tax professional.

Short-Term Rental Ordinance

The City of Cambridge passed a comprehensive short-term rental ordinance on August 7, 2017. The ordinance specifies types of short-term rentals and how to register your listings with the City.

Registration

On April 1st, 2018, the City opened the registration process so hosts can apply for a certificate to offer a unit as a short-term rental. Check the Cambridge short-term rental website to register and learn more about short-term rentals in Cambridge.

Taxes

The City of Cambridge and the State of Massachusetts assess room occupancy taxes on any rental of a living or sleeping accommodation for periods of 90 days or less. Massachusetts collects the tax on behalf of the City. Check the State's FAQ page for more information about city and state room occupancy taxes.

Other rules

This article is about county rules and regulations, but remember to check with your community about other types of local rules if your home belongs to a condo complex, HOA, timeshare, or other tenant organization. If you lease, check your contract or contact your landlord to make sure you’re permitted to sublet.

If you have any other questions, please contact the Inspectional Services Department at:

617-349-6100

831 Massachusetts Ave.

Cambridge, MA 02139

You can contact the Inspectional Services Department on:

  • Monday from 8am-8pm
  • Tuesday-Thursday from 8am-5pm
  • Friday from 8am-1pm.

Our commitment to your community

We are committed to working with local officials to clarify how local rules impact the short term rental community. We will continue to advocate for changes that will enable people to rent out their homes.