End Illegal Hotels In The Nation’s Capital

Oct 2, 2017

Today, AirbnbWATCH launched a major, multi-platform advertising campaign to shine a spotlight on the negative impact of Airbnb’s commercial operators running illegal hotels in Washington, D.C., and urge Council of the District of Columbia to pass legislation to stop this harmful practice now. The time has arrived to come together and educate neighbors and...

Disabled Guests Not Welcome in Many D.C. Airbnbs

Aug 22, 2017

An eye-opening opinion piece recently published in The Hill revealed the difficulty that many people with disabilities encounter when trying to rent short-term rentals. Dr. Unnia Pettus, PhD, a clergy leader, community activist and disability advocate from Washington, D.C. wrote that there are “disturbing trends of discrimination that Americans with disabilities face in the...

Keeping Guests Safe in D.C.

Jun 30, 2017

At last, the Washington, D.C. city council is taking action on Airbnb’s less-than-stellar record on safety standards – and NBC Washington is taking notice. NBC correctly points out that “when you stay in a hotel in Washington, D.C., your accommodations must meet a long list of inspection standards. Federal law says hotels must have...

D.C. Takes Legal Action Against Rent-Controlled Apartments Treated Like “Hotel Rooms”

Apr 27, 2017

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. The Washington Post reports D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine filed a lawsuit Friday against Ginosi...

Airbnb Illegal Hotels DON’T ‘Belong’ in D.C.

Aug 31, 2016

Last week the Washington Post editorial board posed the question “Does Airbnb ‘belong’ in D.C.?“ A more accurate question would be, “Do commercial landlords who use Airbnb to flout the law, reduce affordable housing stock and undermine communities ‘belong’ in D.C.?” Allow us to help you answer that: NO. The Post makes some good...