Letter to the Editor: D.C. City Council Must Regulate Commercial Operators Exploiting Airbnb

Nov 12, 2017

The Washington Informer November 12, 2017   To the editor, It’s time for DC City Council to regulate these commercial operators exploiting Airbnb.  Airbnb began as a way for people to garner extra income by renting out their home when they take a family vacation or go out of town on business. However, illegal...

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...

One Way to Protect D.C.’s Affordable Housing? Crack Down on Airbnb’s Illegal Hotels

Jul 11, 2017

What if we told you there’s an easy way to help alleviate Washington, D.C.’s affordable housing crisis? There is. All it takes is cracking down on commercial operators buying up all the cheap housing in the District. According to a report by ShareBetter D.C., the majority of Airbnb rentals in Washington are listed by...

AirbnbWATCH Launches Washington, D.C. Chapter

Jul 6, 2017

The fight for common sense short-term rental regulations in D.C. has hit a fever pitch. This spring, D.C.’s Attorney General Karl Racine filed a lawsuit against a property management company fostering illegal hotels. The City Council is on the verge of taking steps, with a meeting on July 11, to protect residents and guests...

STRs aren’t the cause of D.C.’s affordable housing shortage? Tell that to citizens.

Jun 14, 2017

In a recent opinion piece in The Washington Post, Dia Michels wrote against D.C. Council member Kenyan R. McDuffie’s proposed short-term rental (STR) bill, saying the legislation didn’t adequately “[consider] the facts on housing in the District and [listen] to stakeholders.” Well, we’re more than happy to hear what stakeholders have to say about...

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...

D.C.’s Illegal Hotel Loophole: Open “Long Enough”

Feb 3, 2017

Good news for Washington, D.C. neighborhoods overrun with illegal hotels! Looks like the Airbnb fight is coming back to D.C. Multiple outlets have reported that a strong piece of legislation introduced by Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie would require Washingtonians who rent homes on Airbnb to be limited to one property and obtain a...

Editorial: Regulators Shouldn’t Do Their Jobs?

Jan 4, 2017

A recent editorial in The Washington Post declared that “regulators should resist cracking down” on Airbnb. That seems backwards: if there’s something that may need to be “cracked down” on, it deserves the attention of policy makers, not a blind eye. Unfortunately, the editorial board is falling for all Airbnb’s tricks. Editorial: “The company’s...

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...