[Excerpt] – “General Laws c. 40A, § 6, generally protects property uses that were lawfully in existence prior to newly adopted restrictive zoning regulations. In this case, the plaintiff, Alexander Styller, contends that use of his family home for short-term rentals constituted a prior nonconforming use that is exempt from a zoning bylaw of the town of Lynnfield (town) that, as amended in 2016, expressly forbids such rentals in single-residence zoning districts. He asks the court to overturn the Land Court judge’s decision and rule that short-term rentals were permissible prior to the bylaw amendments. We decline to do so.”
The SJC, in a related decision (SHARON HEATH-LATSON v. ALEXANDER STYLLER) ruled in connection with a wrongful-death action relating to the same short-term rental property. Click here to download the decision of the court in this related decision.