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...

Chris Lehane’s Foul Playbook

Jan 31, 2017

Last week The Washington Post profiled how Airbnb’s Head of Policy Chris Lehane is “rewriting the political playbook for Silicon Valley.” If Lehane is writing the plays, then we know it’s not a fair game. For all Lehane’s talk of Airbnb’s responsibility to working with cities, the company is arguing in court that it...

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...