Short-term rental regulations are in a constant state of change. The below resource is updated when possible, but it should not be taken as legal advice. It is critical that you consult with your local lawyer to ensure you are taking the necessary steps to keep your business safe and legal.
The state of Maine requires that short-term rental operators, homeowners, or anyone who collects rents on behalf of the owner, for a business or even casually, must register for and collect a 7% Vacation (Casual) Rental Tax. The rental does not have to be advertised in order for this tax to apply. There are some exemptions:
A new bill has recently been introduced in the state of Maine, which calls to prohibit towns and cities from banning short-term rentals. The introduction of this bill has sparked much debate. There is a concern with the rise of short-term rentals occupying a growing portion of available rental properties throughout the state.
This lack of available properties has driven rents higher and Maine is now considered one of the most expensive rental markets in the country. With the rising cost of living, listing a room or an investment property for rent has become a crucial income source for many owners across the state.
The new bill to restrict the banning of short term rentals was proposed to control municipalities from introducing overly restrictive bans on short-term rentals and to uphold the (personal) property rights of owners. The new bill was introduced in response to certain municipalities issuing full short-term rental bans in residential neighborhoods, causing a loss of income.
Rockland allows short-term rentals with the proper permits (Rockland Ordinance - Chp 19 - Section 3).
Short-term rentals are permitted in single-family, double-family and certain apartment buildings with the proper registration. Owners and owner agents must submit information on every rental they own or manage, as well as allow for proper inspection through the city. Here is an overview
The Lewiston Area Public Health Committee gathered an ad-hoc rental registration committee that has undergone the process of researching the creation of short-term rental regulations. The full recommended action plan was submitted and is still awaiting approval. Under the proposed regulations, the following applies (with approval):
Short-term rentals are heavily regulated in the city of Portland. Owners and owner agents must submit detailed information on every rental they own or manage, as well as adhere to the local ordinance and zoning laws. Here is an overview: