Residential Rental Bylaw Review

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What is Happening:

The Town Council has tasked its Community Resources Committee (CRC) with proposing revisions to the Residential Rental Property bylaw that was enacted by Town Meeting 10 years ago to require Town permitting of residential rentals. After a decade in use, the Council wants to use the Town’s experience to revise and update the bylaw and its requirements.

CRC’s guiding principles in its work are to (1) ensure that rental homes are properly maintained and code compliant; (2) create a clear permitting program with a more equitable fee structure; (3) address the Town’s climate action goals; and (4) safeguard residents’ quiet enjoyment of their homes and neighborhoods.

We know this work cannot be successful without significant input from those who live in rental homes and those who rent property to others, as well as those who live in neighborhoods where rental homes are located. Therefore, we are asking those who would be affected by any revisions to add your input to the process.

How to Stay Involved:

Please bookmark this page and check back regularly, as we will continue to update this page with the progress we’re making and ways for you to stay informed and give feedback. Survey results will be shared publicly once they're compiled.

Please take the time to answer our anonymous survey, which can be found below and should take less than 10 minutes to finish.

If there is more you would like to say or things we haven’t covered, you may email the Committee’s Councilors (hannekem@amherstma.gov, bahlmilnes@amherstma.gov, rooneyp@amherstma.gov, taubj@amherstma.gov, deangelisp@amherstma.gov).

What is Happening:

The Town Council has tasked its Community Resources Committee (CRC) with proposing revisions to the Residential Rental Property bylaw that was enacted by Town Meeting 10 years ago to require Town permitting of residential rentals. After a decade in use, the Council wants to use the Town’s experience to revise and update the bylaw and its requirements.

CRC’s guiding principles in its work are to (1) ensure that rental homes are properly maintained and code compliant; (2) create a clear permitting program with a more equitable fee structure; (3) address the Town’s climate action goals; and (4) safeguard residents’ quiet enjoyment of their homes and neighborhoods.

We know this work cannot be successful without significant input from those who live in rental homes and those who rent property to others, as well as those who live in neighborhoods where rental homes are located. Therefore, we are asking those who would be affected by any revisions to add your input to the process.

How to Stay Involved:

Please bookmark this page and check back regularly, as we will continue to update this page with the progress we’re making and ways for you to stay informed and give feedback. Survey results will be shared publicly once they're compiled.

Please take the time to answer our anonymous survey, which can be found below and should take less than 10 minutes to finish.

If there is more you would like to say or things we haven’t covered, you may email the Committee’s Councilors (hannekem@amherstma.gov, bahlmilnes@amherstma.gov, rooneyp@amherstma.gov, taubj@amherstma.gov, deangelisp@amherstma.gov).

  • The Community Resources Committee needs your input!

    Can you tell us about your experience of living in Amherst from the perspective of a renter, a neighbor, and/or landlord?

    Your responses will help us update the rental registration bylaw to promote safe and good quality housing in Amherst.

    Please note that your responses are anonymous and cannot be traced back to you.

    Results will be shared publicly once they're compiled. 

    Completing the survey should take about 10 minutes.

    Thank you!

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Page last updated: 29 Aug 2022, 11:33 AM