April 24, 2017

Short-term rental companies, Airbnb included, are locking horns with a coalition of advocates over legislation that would regulate those companies’ activities in the District. Both sides are lobbying local lawmakers and rallying supporters in advance of a D.C. Council hearing on the proposal set for Wednesday. The hearing will likely last for hours, with dozens of witnesses expected to speak about the legislation. It comes as housing costs in the city continue to rise, a situation which some activists claim Airbnb and its peers are exacerbating by removing long-term housing from the market…

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