Nantucket, Massachusetts, has delayed the implementation of local short-term rental registration while the island's Health Department awaits a new office manager following the retirement of Anne Barrett. The system is designed to identify all short-term rental properties that are rented for more than 14 days annually and less than 30 consecutive days. It was scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, but Nantucket Health Department Director Roberto Santamaria said its deployment is on hold until Barrett's replacement arrives and gets brought up to speed with new software, sometime after Jan. 23. He added that for now, the Granicus company will be reaching out to any property owner registered in the state system, as well as on major vacation rental websites like Airbnb and Vrbo, and island realtors. Owners who rent their properties on a short-term basis will have the full year to register before enforcement starts next year. The registration system is also expected to supply much-needed information on rental numbers, which will help inform Nantucket's Short-Term Rental Work Group regarding potential new zoning bylaws under consideration.
Nantucket Current (01/04/23) Jason Graziadei