Hanover considers allowing Airbnb rentals
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Residents may soon be able to legally rent out rooms in their homes through platforms like Airbnb as the Planning Board considers changes to the zoning ordinances.
The board has scheduled two public listening sessions this month, one on Jan. 21 and one on Jan. 25, to discuss adopting rules changes that could allow for short-term resident rentals, said Vicki Smith, Hanover’s senior planner.
“We want to hear what people would like to have in their neighborhoods,” she said.
The Planning Board is looking to propose new zoning ordinances to be voted on at the May Town Meeting that would open up the options for short-term housing, she said. Currently, no one in town is allowed to participate in Airbnb-type businesses, she said.