January 31, 2017
Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie proposed a bill today that requires Washingtonians who rent homes on sites like Airbnb to be limited to one property. It also creates a new short-term rental business license, and people who don’t obtain it will be penalized. McDuffie, who heads the committee on business and economic development, says the new regulations will help preserve D.C.’s affordable housing inventory. “The city lacks a coherent regulatory scheme for short-term rental housing, allowing bad actors to take those units off the housing market,” McDuffie said in a release. “This has been going on long enough: it is time to create a clear, enforceable legal framework so that those who are exploiting the lack of regulations are stopped, and those who want to practice responsible home sharing can come into the light.”