Short Term Rental Tax Information
On December 28, 2018, Governor Baker signed into law a bill regulating and taxing short-term rentals of homes and condos. A short-term rental is defined as a rental period of 31 days or less. Annual and long-term (32 days or more) are excluded from this tax. We are currently working on updating the language and charges in our leases and on our website in order to be in compliance with this new law. However, many aspects are still undetermined and may change in the next six months. In order to help you understand this new law and to help you comply with the new regulations we have compiled a list of questions about the new regulations and taxes on a page dedicated to this.
For more in depth information please visit our page: Massachusetts Short Term Rental Tax Information
If you would like to read the new bill in its entirety, Session Law – Acts of 2018 Chapter 337.
We will continue to update you as we learn more and receive guidance from the Towns, Commonwealth, and Department of Revenue, but in the meantime please feel free to contact us with any questions.
The Hopper Real Estate / Outer Cape Team
We are asked all the time, “what’s the difference between the Oceanside and the Bayside beaches?”. There are so many choices! The better question is, what are you looking for? Here’s a handy comparison of both.
|Sand Conditions:||Mainly soft with a white to off white color. There is a pebbly tide line on many of the beaches.||Mainly soft or with a light texture and off white in color. There is a pebbly tide line on many of the beaches.|
|Surf Conditions:||Moderate Surf meaning: Small to medium sized waves under normal conditions. Wave action will increase if there is an offshore storm. Great for surfing! Swimming can be more of a challenge.||Mild Surf meaning: The Water is flat-calm or gently lapping at the shoreline. Swimming is good for all ages and abilities. Wave action will increase if there is an offshore storm.
|Water Temperature:||COLD! The water is the large Atlantic ocean with no real protection from the vast chilly volume. Water temperatures in the summer may reach into the low 60s but is warmer in the tide pools that form when the tide goes out.||Chilly but warmer than the ocean side beaches. Water temperatures normally reach upper 60s to low 70s in the summer. The Tidal pools that form when the tide goes out and creeks hold even warmer water.|
|Accessibility:||Some of the Eastham oceanside beaches are wheel chair accessible. Others have wooden stairs from the top of the dune down to the beach. Nauset Light and Coast Guard have paths down to the beach.||Numerous Eastham bayside beaches either have wooden pathways or just blue carpeted walkways down to the beach. Some Eastham public and private access points have wooden stairs down to the beach.
Cooks Brook: Path
Boat Meadow: Path
Cole Road: Path
First Encounter: Path
Sunken Meadow: Path
|Location Tips:||40+ miles of federally protected land and coastlines with light houses, walking and biking trails, historic sites, nature preserves and breathtakingly lovely scenery.
Beach camping and small campfires are allowed at some of the Ocean beaches too.
Tide charts are recommended!
When the tide goes out on the bay, it goes Way out. Leaving miles and miles of sandflats to walk, jog or fly your kite. And hundreds of tide pools to explore for pretty shells and little sea critters, as the bay waters recede.
The High Tide comes in very fast, please be aware of that when out on the Flats.
Tide charts are recommended!
We love both sides of Eastham beaches! It doesn’t matter which beach you go to, in the end you win! Call us today and we’ll help you find the perfect property close to your favorite Eastham beach.
Nauset Light Beach has stepped back in time to when there were no stairs to the beach. In the past few years the National Seashore beaches in Eastham have been the hardest hit by erosion from storms. In 2015 eighteen feet of sandy bluff was lost from Nauset Light Beach and an additional ten feet was lost in 2016. Instead of continually replacing the tall wooden staircase to the beach that wash away every winter, the decision was made to remove the stairs and create a walking path similar to the one at neighboring Coast Guard Beach. In October of 2017 the bathhouse, restrooms, and stairs were demolished and a winding sloping path the length of two football fields began. The bathhouse and restrooms will eventually be rebuilt but for now Nauset Light Beach is back to nature.
Take a walk this summer down the new path to Nauset Light Beach, Eastham, MA and enjoy the splendor of the constantly changing landscape of Cape Cod’s National Seashore. Hopper Real Estate currently has many prime weeks for rent in Eastham so call 508-255-3560, email us firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us online www.hoppercapecod.com to book your vacation on the Outer Cape.