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Today's Poll

Should short-term rentals be regulated?
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The debate around short-term rentals continues to affect cities and towns in Maine.

Portland has had an ordinance since 2017 that requires short-term rental units to be registered with the city; the registration must be renewed every year. Bar Harbor, which has a shortage of workforce housing, enacted regulations in 2021, with a cap on the number of rentals allowed by non-resident landlords. South Portland, Freeport, Kennebunkport, Falmouth and Cape Elizabeth are among the municipalities that have enacted some type of regulation, including but not limited to registration. A number of smaller towns are looking at how to regulate short-term rentals.