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Yes, unfortunately the law applies to short tenancies (such as vacation home tenancies) as it does to ones of longer duration. Because this is more than just a "houseguest" or transient guest (such as guests of hotels) the eviction process would have to be complied with. In fact, the only law that is different for vacation homes is the security deposit requirement.
The security deposit and last month's rent law does not apply to any rental for a vacation or recreational purpose of 100 days or less in duration. It also does not apply to commercial rentals. (the law is Under Mass. General Laws, ch.186, §15B, at the beginning of the tenancy, a landlord may charge only:
rent for the first month;rent for the last month, calculated at the same rate as the first month;a security deposit equal to the first month's rent; andthe purchase and installation cost for a key and lock. This does notmean a key deposit. The law does not allow a key deposit.
So that's the only difference in a rental of a vacation home for under 100 days.
Other than that, I'm afraid you're going to have to go through the eviction process.
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