Our proposed solution for short-term rentals.

After months of researching the transformation of the short-term rental market, lessons from communities across the country, the impacts on Nantucket, and potential approaches for this unique island, we’re ready to share a proposed solution. It’s a local bylaw that will be put before Nantucket voters at the annual town meeting in the spring – […]

ACK•Now on Monday Scoop

ACK•Now’s Executive Director, Julia Lindner, met with Monday Scoop host and Sconset resident, Georgia Raysman, to discuss how Airbnb has changed the vacation rental market, the impacts on housing, and neighborhoods, and the tools available for communities. Click the photo below to watch the full interview. Please share it with friends and family. We hope […]

ACK•Now Announces New Leadership Focused on Sustainable Future for Island Community.

Nantucket, Massachusetts – October 23, 2020 – ACK•Now announced a new board chair who will help support the organization’s work to improve Nantucket’s quality of life. Tobias Glidden, who has served on the board since ACK•Now’s launch in 2019, will serve as its new board chair. He is a local business owner with a long family […]

Two types of STRs.

Our research shows communities typically put short-term rentals in one of two buckets: (1) homes that exist primarily to house residents (aka owner-occupied) and (2) investor-owned properties that exist to be rented. With the rise of Airbnb and VRBO, communities around the country have seen a shift in their housing supply towards investor-owned short-term rentals. […]

The road to housing leads to investor-owned short-term rentals.

Anna is our Community Outreach Specialist, and she’s one of the countless year-round residents aspiring to homeownership on Nantucket. We’re grateful she’s sharing her experience. After being on island for seven years, I thought I knew why owning a Nantucket home was so difficult. But our team’s research made me realize just how much investor-owned […]

Options for commercial short-term rentals.

Nantucket is attracting big businesses and investors to the short-term rental market. It’s exacerbating the housing crisis, disrupting the quality of life in neighborhoods, and straining the infrastructure and environment. The pandemic and aftermath will likely accelerate this trend.  But what are the community’s options? That’s the good news. Massachusetts offers municipalities a solid framework […]

Putting Nantucket ahead of investors.

We’ve mentioned that off-island individuals and businesses own 80% of the 2,000 short-term rentals registered with the State. A significant portion are investor-owners who decide Nantucket should be part of their rental portfolio. This group of owners, in particular, puts significant pressure on the island’s housing supply and cost, neighborhoods, infrastructure, and environment.  But not […]

Off-island owners dominate the market.

Since first publishing our white paper, people in the community have asked thoughtful questions like, who owns the nearly 2,000 short-term rentals registered with the State? And, how many of these have the potential to be housing for year-round residents? The answers are surprising. Going through the registry and identifying each short-term rental owner shows nearly […]

Talking short-term rentals with the Health Director.

In our last newsletter, we discussed how Nantucket lost over 600 year-round rentals from 2010 to 2018 – the same period during which Airbnb ballooned from 2,500 to millions of listings worldwide. A growing number of investors buying properties to turn them into short-term rentals has impacted our community, housing, infrastructure, and environment. But what […]