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An airbnb homepage
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    The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts gave its unanimous approval this week to legislation that regulates short-term housing rentals like those offered through online booking agents.

An airbnb homepage
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Regulations have been drafted in the largest city in western Massachusetts to govern short-term housing rentals like those offered through online booking agents.

The seal of the the city of North Adams, Massachusetts
North Adams

The city of North Adams, Massachusetts is moving to draft short-term rental regulations.

Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall
Village of Lake Placid

Lake Placid is a popular tourist location, both for its Olympic legacy and its location in the central Adirondacks.  The popularity of AirBnB and other short-term rental options allowing local homeowners to rent their properties is creating some challenges for the village, including complaints from some residents that unregistered hotels are being operated in residential areas. Village Mayor Craig Randall tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley the Town of North Elba and Lake Placid have drafted a new short-term rental law and will hold a public hearing on it Tuesday evening.

A man and a woman stand in front of a white house with black shutters
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As the use of short-term rentals like Airbnb grows in Berkshire County, so are efforts to regulate their use around the region.