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Lynn City Council Hears Multiple Ordinances Related to Properties

9.30.20

Yesterday, Lynn City Council held public hearings on a number of ordinances including a Short-Term Rental Ordinance, an Ordinance to Require All Rental Units to be Inspected Every Five Years, and an Ordinance Establishing a Problem Property Task Force.

The Problem Property Task Force outlines the creation of a task force which connects various city departments and public agencies to address issues associated with properties that have received multiple complaints to the fire department, police department, or inspectional services department within a 12-month period. The ordinance was passed unanimously by the City Council.

The Ordinance to Require All Rental Units to be Inspected Every Five Years outlines the requirements of property owners to have their units registered with and inspected by the Inspectional Services Department. The ordinance was passed unanimously by the City Council.

The Short-Term Rental ordinance would establish a Short-Term Rental Registry, outline requirements for Booking Agents and Operators, and limit short-term rentals to primary residences. NSAR submitted comments on the Short-Term Rental ordinance to consider allowing non-primary residences to be rented as short-term rentals, to consider REALTORS® as Booking Agents, and to also evaluate the positive economic aspects of short-term rentals in yearly reports. The City Council made an amendment to the ordinance to not allow short-term rentals in R1 zoning and passed the ordinance unanimously.

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