As of June 17, 2018, there was no state-wide regulation on short-term rentals, but municipalities had started to enact their own local bans.
The Boston ban for investors was first pass by City Council on June 13, 2018, Docket #0764
The minutes from the City Council meeting read as follows:
On the message and order, to which was referred on May 16, 2018 Docket #0764, an Ordinance Allowing Short-Term Rentals in the City of Boston, the Committee submitted a report recommending the ordinance ought to pass in a new draft.
Councilor O’Malley offered the first amendment.
The first amendment did not pass; yeas 6 (Essaibi-George, Flynn, O’Malley, Pressley, Wu and Zakim), nays 7.
Councilor O’Malley offered the second amendment.
The second amendment was passed; yeas 12, nays 1(Flaherty).
Councilor Wu offered the third amendment.
Councilor Flaherty moved to invoke Rule 9 to divide the question.
The third amendment was passed; yeas 8, nays 5 (Baker, Campbell, Ciommo, Flaherty and McCarty).
Councilors Wu and Baker offered the fourth amendment.
The fourth amendment was passed; yeas 11, nays 2 (Flaherty and Janey).
Councilor Baker offered the fifth amendment.
The fourth amendment did not pass; yeas 4 (Baker, Ciommo, Essaibi-George and McCarthy), nays 9.
Councilor Ciommo offered the sixth amendment.
The sixth amendment did not pass; No tabulated vote.
Councilor McCarthy offered the seventh amendment.
The seventh amendment did not pass; yeas 3 (Baker, Ciommo and McCarthy), nays 10.
On motion of Councilor Flaherty, the report was accepted; the ordinance was amended and passed in a new draft; yeas 11, nays 2 (Baker and Ciommo).