Short Term Rentals Restricted With Some Exemptions

The bill curbing short term rentals passed with a unanimous vote at Tuesday’s DC City Council meeting.

New legislation requires those wishing to list a short term rental on Airbnb or other home sharing platforms to obtain a permit. Only primary residences can be rented short term and then only up to 90 days annually if the host isn’t present during the rental. If owners are living in the home and want to list a portion of the home as a short term rental, there is no annual limit. The rentals will also be subject to the 14.95% DC hotel tax.

Passed along with the new legislation was an amendment allowing applications for hardship exemptions relating to the 90-day annual cap. This concession was made for those in the military, diplomats and others who must travel for long periods of time on short notice.

The bill passed with enough votes to override a veto and Mayor Muriel Bowser is expected to sign it into law. The measure would take effect on Oct. 1, 2019.

The DCRA will be responsible for monitoring and investigating the short-term rentals until a dedicated office can be established.

Airbnb remains opposed to the legislation and this week filed a lawsuit against the city of Boston, MA after it enacted similar legislation..

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