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Short Term Rental Agreement Reached Between City of Boston and Airbnb

The City of Boston has agreed to a settlement agreement with Airbnb, establishing Airbnb's responsibilities under the City of Boston's short-term rental ordinance.   

Under the terms of the agreement, Boston will continue to require owners to register their units and continue the City's regulations about which units are eligible to be used as short-term rentals. On September 1, 2019, Airbnb's website will add a function to allow hosts to enter and display their required City-formatted registration number. By December 1, 2019, all listings will be required to display a City-formatted registration number, or the listings will be removed. Airbnb will inform users of the City's short-term rental standards, and work with users to ensure their listings are registered with the City of Boston.

In addition, Airbnb will also share key data with the City of Boston, including the listing's unique ID/URL, submitted registration number, unique host ID, listing information, and listing zip code.

Under the agreement, the City of Boston will have the power to notify Airbnb of any listing the City believes is ineligible under Boston's short-term rental ordinance. Unless the host complies with Boston's short-term rental registration process in thirty days, Airbnb will remove the listing from its platform.  

For additional information regarding the short-term rental law and the details of the settlement agreement please visit the City of Boston Inspectional Services website.


Short Term Rental Agreement Reached In Boston


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Many of you may be aware of or participated in discussions in recent weeks surrounding the so-called Clear Cooperation Policy proposed on the national level to address “pocket” listings and properties “coming soon” to market. 
Recently, at the 2019 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco, the NAR Board of Directors voted to implement new policy language – MLS Statement 8.0 – requiring brokers to enter listings into the MLS within one business day of marketing the property publicly. The policy does not prohibit office-exclusive listings, and only applies to association-owned MLS systems.
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NAR Board OKs MLS Clear Cooperation Policy



Announcing Special Public Service Award Recognition for the Late William “Bill” McGonagle The Rental Housing Association's President's Awards Dinner Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Seaport Hotel, Boston The Rental Housing Association is pleased to present the 2019 Industry Excellence Award to Thomas D. Beaton, CPM, Senior Vice President, Management, The Dolben Company. Active with the firm since 1982, Mr. Beaton is responsible for overseeing the operations of Dolben’s management portfolio, which consists of more than 17,000 multifamily units in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Mr. Beaton is a Director and Past President of the Rental Housing Association of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, and a Director of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board. He has also served as Director, Regional Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chair, Chairman-Elect, and Chairman of the National Apartment Association. Over the course of his career, Mr. Beaton has spoken on a wide variety of industry-related topics at national and regional conferences and events. Mr. Beaton has received the Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management, is a graduate of the Tilton School, and holds a B.A./B.S. from Tufts University. ______________________ RHA is also honored to posthumously award the 2019 Public Service Award to William “Bill” E. McGonagle. Bill McGonagle was born and raised in a South Boston public housing development in a family of eight.  He has worked with or on behalf of the public housing residents of Boston for more than 40 years.Members of Bill's family will accept the award on his behalf.  He began his career working with public housing residents as a youth Program Director at the Brighton Y.M.C.A., where he worked with young people from the Commonwealth and Faneuil public housing developments.  He later worked at the South Boston Boys & Girls Club with young people from the West Broadway Public Housing development. Bill started working at the Boston Housing Authority in 1981 as a member of the BHA’s Department of Public Safety.  He was subsequently selected by BHA Receiver Harry Spence to participate in a BHA sponsored management training program.  The program included graduate level management classes at the Boston University School of Social Work.  Bill also served as a public housing development manager and as an Area Director overseeing the management of the BHA’s 37 elderly/disabled public housing developments throughout Boston.  He later served as Executive Assistant to former BHA Administrator Doris Bunte where he became directly involved in the integration of the public housing developments in South Boston and Charlestown.  Bill was then appointed Deputy Administrator on April 1, 1992.  He served in that role for 17 years and for three Administrators; David Cortiella, Joseph Feaster, and Sandra B. Henriquez.  Mayor Thomas M. Menino appointed Bill as Administrator for the Authority on June 11, 2009.  He continues to serve in that capacity under Mayor Martin J. Walsh. In the spring of 2010, Bill received the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM) President’s award for his outstanding commitment to serving families and individuals and for his leadership at the Boston Housing Authority in ensuring that BHA residents obtain equal access to resources and economic opportunities. In 2009, he received the J. Lincoln Durand Award from the Mass Union of Public Housing Tenants for providing a positive role model for public housing tenants.  In 2007, he received the John W. McCormack Public Service Award from the South Boston Citizens’ Association for his dedication to public service among many other awards since.  Most recently, Bill received the Affordable Housing Vision Award from the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association in 2018. Bill passed away in October 2019.
2019 RHA President's Awards Honorees

2019 TOBY & Industry Award Winners
Historical Building Winner:
The Innovation & Design Building
Managed by Jamestown L.P.
Owned by Jamestown L.P.

Laboratory Building Winner:
490 Arsenal Way 
Managed by JLL
Owned by Clarion Partners

Earth Award Winner:
Oracle - Burlington 14
Managed by Oracle Americas, Inc.
Owned by Oracle Americas, Inc.

Suburban Office Park, Low-Rise Winner:
The Center at Corporate Drive
Managed by CBRE
Owned by Spear Street Capital 

Suburban Office Park, Mid-Rise Winner:
5th Ave & Totten Pond at City Point
Managed by CBRE
Owned by Anchor Line Partners
100,000 - 249,999 SF Winner:
160 Gould Street
Managed by Cushman & Wakefield 
Owned by James Campbell Company LLC

250,000 - 499,999 SF Winner:
125 Summer Street
Managed by Oxford Properties Group
Owned by Oxford Properties Group

500,000 - 1 Million SF Winner:
225 Franklin Street
Managed by Oxford Properties Group
Owned by Oxford Properties Group

Over 1 Million SF Winner:
One Beacon Street
Managed by CBRE
Owned by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Property Manager of the Year, Low-Rise:
Daniel Ferdenzi

Property Manager of the Year, Suburban:
Michael Tibbetts
Taurus Management Services

Property Manager of the Year, Mid Rise:
Michael Carli
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Property Manager of the Year, High Rise:
Amanda Johnson
Oxford Properties Group

Engineer of the Year Winner:
Bill Cannell

Chief Engineer of the Year Winner:
Dan Gobron
Questions about the TOBY Awards: Contact Kayla Burmeister at

BOMA Boston TOBY & Industry Awards 2019

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 On Oct. 15, the long-awaited FHA Condo Rule went into effect. Make sure you are prepared. National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) staff discussed the long-awaited FHA Condo Rule, and its impact on REALTORS® and consumers in this video.
For many years, NAR urged the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to finalize changes to the previous rule that would ease restrictions on FHA financing for condominiums, thus enabling more first-time buyers, older adults, and low to moderate-income families to achieve the dream of homeownership. Read More
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