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Momentum is building in D.C. to finally take a stand against commercial operators running hotel businesses out of residential apartments. Concerned neighbors and residents whose communities are being disrupted and whose rent prices are skyrocketing are finally being heard.
Earlier this year, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie introduced a strong piece of legislation that would require Washingtonians who rent homes on Airbnb to be limited to one property and obtain a new short-term rental business license.
This legislation would help to rein in multi-unit commercial operators who have overtaken those taking part in traditional home sharing, robbing neighborhoods of affordable housing in an already expensive market.
- DCist: War Over Airbnb And Other Short-Term Rentals Heats Up
- WTOP: DC Council debates regulations for online home rentals
- WJLA: Potential Airbnb regulations pack DC Council meeting
- The Washington Post: A rent-controlled D.C. building commanded big bucks on Airbnb
- The Washington Post: D.C. sues company for allegedly treating rent-control apartments like ‘hotel rooms’
- CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research: Hosts with Multiple Units – A Key Driver of Airbnb Growth (2017)
- STUDY: From Air Mattresses to Unregulated Business: An Analysis of the Other Side of Airbnb (2016)