DC Council Votes to
Regulate Short-Term Rentals
On October 2, the DC Council voted in favor of a bill that would regulate short-term rentals in DC, such as Airbnb and HomeAway.
In short, the bill limits short-term rentals to primary residences, and if the owner is away from the premises, the property may only be rented up to 90 days per calendar year. The bill must be voted on again before it can be sent to the Mayor for approval and then funded in next year’s budget (it carries a $20 million price tag).
While regulation of short-term rentals is overdue in DC, we are actively working to amend this bill to establish a more balanced solution that prevents bad actors without limiting those acting in good faith.