As Boston considers Airbnb rentals, Quincy hosts face fines

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Quincy city officials have responded to neighbors’ complaints about strangers in their midst and fined a couple who rented their home to guests on Airbnb.

According to the Patriot Ledger, inspectional services fined homeowners Richard Cope and Susan Velentgas $1,000 last week, their second fine of the summer.

The Airbnb hosting violated the zoning and building codes of the area, Inspectional Services director Jay Duca told the Ledger. The couple were hosting a “transient lodging facility”  in an area that was residential.

For the moment, it seems like the hosting must stop, according to the Ledger:

Duca posted a no-occupancy order on the front door, which he said applies only to transient visitors and not residents. It is illegal to remove the notice, and doing so would be another violation.

Airbnb hosts from New York to New Orleans have run into trouble with zones and codes. Though the service encourages hosts to check the codes in their neighborhood before opening up their homes to visitors, it does not flag regions where Airbnb-ers may fall afoul of regulations.

Meanwhile, City of Boston officials are mulling their own position on short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods. For now, the city’s Inspectional Services Department has standing instructions to stop fining hosts.

Nidhi Subbaraman writes about science and research. Email her at nidhi.subbaraman@globe.com.
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