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Short-term Rental Regnrlation and Affordable

Housing Protection f,,ct of 201?


As D.C. faces increasing housing costs, there are commercial operators renting multiple
residential properties using online short-term rental platforms like AirBnB, VRBO [Vacation
Rental By Ownerl and HomeAway. This legislation [D.C. Councilblll#P.22-0092] will
protect the character and integrity of D.C. neighborhoods and ensure housing in
residential areas is kept for people and farnllies'
About the Short-term Rental Regutation and Afforduble Housing Protection Act of 2017:

Targets cornmercial operators who are renting rnultiple properties:


e According to industry data fvia AirDNA.co], there are hundreds of commercial operators
with multiple listings taking residential units away from D.C. residents each night. Each
residential unit used for short-term rental is one unit not used to house a D.C. resident.
* To ensure short-term rental platforms are kept to small operators, an owner/host may only
register one residential unit, and that unit must be their permanent residence in the
District. Permits will oniy be issued to District residents.
n This legislation would stop the abuse seen in December 2016 nwhich an entire 2l-unit
rent-controlled apartment building in Columbia Heights was listed online for short-term
rental.

Creates a new short-term rental license category:


. Currently, there is no clear regulatory process for short-term rentals and many hosts are
unwittingly operating outside District law.
o This legislation greatly simplifies what it takes for an owner/host to comply with the law
by creating a new category ofBasic Business License for short-term rentals.
. As proposed, a resident may offer a short-term rental as a vacation rental, without being
present, for a maximum of fifteen nights cumulatively in any calendar yeat.
o There is no cap on home-sharing while the owner is present, including offering private
rooms and shared spaces.

Ilelps control escalating housing costs:


. Fifty percent of fines collected from enforcement will go the Housing Production Trust
Fund that is used to provide financial assistance for the production of low-income housing
in the District.
. Ensures families who use short-term rentals to bolster their income will continue to be
able to do so by codifying home-sharilg into District.

i' ,Frequently as*d questions an the Short-Term Rental Regulation and AffErdable Hsusing Proteciton Act:

oosi tttir Wt ban Airsn* lram o.c,? - l{O, thia bill DOES NOT ban anline short-term rental platforms like AirBnF. This legistation ,

and clarifies th.t plT:tt


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codifies into law short-term rental housing in the District
Wig I 31ill be ahie ro rupptement my incorne by horne-sh:ring? - Yf,S, this blll DOES NOT limit your ability to rent your
prlmary
,"riA"i." n 6t" you are there. Thisiaw would iargely impact commercial operators who rent entire homes they do not reside in.
Are other cities moving;;;;; ;;*;;Jt :
tti, o.c. i, ou. tt,e oily city introducing resutations on short+erm rental
f,ouring. l.ross the cointry ind with the support of AirBnB, citles are passing taws to regulate home-sharing and simplifoing the
pio.eriro, tlreir residents to take part ln ho**irtttinc reearly.
Do I currently need a perrnit to operate as an AirBnB host? -YfS, D.C. law currently states that hosts should have a basic business .
license and afl additional license depending on urhat the roning is for their residence. Thls legislation would make it ealier to oomply
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with the law by $eating a new category of perrnit ftrr;hort-term rental housing