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DC WFP Letter to DC Council

Dear Chairman Mendelson and members of the Council - I am writing to affirm D.C. Working Families Party’s support for the Short-term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Protection Act of 2017. This legislation is critical to protecting affordable housing on behalf of District residents...

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D.C. Federation of Civic Association’s resolution to DC Council

Resolution in support of the Short-term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Protection Act of 2017...

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Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO letter to DC Council

Dear Chairman Mendelson and Members of the D.C. Council - I am writing to you today on behalf of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO to express our collective support for Bill 22-92, the Short-term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Protection Act of 2017....

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Jews united for justice letter to DC Council

Dear D.C. Councilmembers - My name is Lauren Spokane, I am a board member of Jews United for Justice and a homeowner in Ward 4. I am writing to reiterate the support I expressed at Committee of the Whole hearing on April 26 for The Short-term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Protection Act of 2017...

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Many languages one voice Letter to DC Council

Dear Chairman Mendelson and Members of the Council - I am the Executive Director for Many Languages One Voice (MLOV), a non-profit organization that works to protect the rights of immigrant communities in the District. MLOV is a membership-based organization and the overwhelming majority of our members are limited English proficient workers, students, parents, and DC tax-payers. I write this letter to strongly urge you to take the necessary steps for the Short-term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Protection Act of 2017 to move forward towards passage by the DC City Council without further delay...

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DC Jobs with Justice Letter to DC Council

Dear Chairman Mendelson and members of the DC Council - I am writing to affirm that DC Jobs With Justice supports the Short-term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Protection Act of 2017. Now is the time to pass sensible and responsible legislation that ensures that our units of housing remain homes for our residents and are not converted into hotel rooms within our neighborhoods and apartment buildings...

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DC Jobs with Justice Letter to Mayor Bowser

Dear Mayor Bowser - I am writing to affirm that DC Jobs With Justice supports the Short-term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Protection Act of 2017. Now is the time to pass sensible and responsible legislation that ensures that our units of housing remain homes for our residents and are not converted into hotel rooms within our neighborhoods and apartment buildings...

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DCist - War Over Airbnb And Other Short-Term Rentals Heats Up

As has been the case in cities around the country, issues around Airbnb and other homesharing services that have simmered for years are heating up with new legislative and legal battles...

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WJLA (VIDEO) - Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie & Airbnb's Will Burns on impact of short-term leases in DC.

Short-term leases are a great thing or a horrible thing depending on who you ask in DC. Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Airbnb Public Policy Director Will Burns and Ward 5 Airbnb Host Simone Griffen joined to tell us why that is the case and if there is a short-term lease workable solution!...

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WJLA - Potential Airbnb regulations pack DC Council meeting

Every seat in the DC Council chamber was filled Wednesday during Airbnb regulation hearings. In the corridor outside, people waited in line and watched monitors, with a myriad of opinions...

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WTOP - DC Council debates regulations for online home rentals

Legislation is starting to take shape in D.C. that would place rules on websites that offer homes and rooms for short-term stays...

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Washington Post - D.C. lawmakers get an earful on proposal to strictly regulate Airbnb

Several hundred District residents packed the D.C. Council chambers on Wednesday to debate a plan to impose strict new limits on ways property owners in the nation’s capital can profit from Airbnb and other home-sharing businesses...

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Washington Post - D.C. sues company for allegedly treating rent-control apartments like ‘hotel rooms’

The District’s attorney general is suing a California company for allegedly turning units in four D.C. apartment buildings into illegal short-term rentals. Attorney General Karl A. Racine on Friday filed a lawsuit against Ginosi USA Corp., a Los Angeles-based travel accommodations company, alleging that the short-term rentals are prohibited under the District’s Rental Housing Act, which states that apartment units may not be converted into transient rentals...

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Washington City Paper - Opposing Sides Gear Up for Hearing on D.C. Bill That Would Regulate Airbnb

Short-term rental companies, Airbnb included, are locking horns with a coalition of advocates over legislation that would regulate those companies' activities in the District. Both sides are lobbying local lawmakers and rallying supporters in advance of a D.C. Council hearing on the proposal set for Wednesday...

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Greater Greater Washington - Are Airbnbs driving up your rent?

Airbnb listings, especially “commercial listings” by hosts who own multiple properties, mean fewer homes people can live in for the long term. That can cause city-wide ripple-effects on rent increases, according to a new study from the DC Working Families Party...

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Washington Post - A rent-controlled D.C. building commanded big bucks on Airbnb

The rent-controlled apartment building in Adams Morgan was meant for District residents. Instead, records show that hundreds of tourists and vacationers have been booking one- and two-night stays in the building using short-term rental sites such as Airbnb...

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Curbed NY – Bulk of Airbnb hosts in black neighborhoods are white: study

Airbnb has long been pointed to as an agent of gentrification, and Inside Airbnb, a watchdog of the short-term-stay site, has released a study that it implies bolsters that claim...

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WASHINGTON CITY PAPER – D.C. HOME SHARING BATTLE INTENSIFIES

A coalition of local groups is waging a PR war with home-sharing company Airbnb, raising affordable housing concerns in support of proposed D.C. Council legislation to regulate short-term rentals...

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The KoJo Show - Want To Rent Out Your Apartment On Airbnb? New Rules Could Be Coming…

Lawmakers in the D.C. region have offered proposals to tighten requirements on short-term rental services like Airbnb...

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WASHINGTON CITY PAPER – 'Sting Operation' Reveals Questionable Airbnb Use at Building in Columbia Heights

A rent-controlled apartment building in Columbia Heights could have offered affordable housing but instead has consistently been used for short-term rentals through Airbnb, advocates who conducted an investigation allege...

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Curbed DC - Stricter limits proposed for Airbnb in D.C.

Since 2015, the vacation rental site, Airbnb, has brought $12 million to Washington, D.C. in hotel taxes...

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WAMU 88.5 - New Bill Would Put Strict Limits On Airbnb And Other Home-Sharing Services In D.C.

A bill introduced Tuesday in the City Council would put strict limits on D.C. residents who use Airbnb and other home-sharing services to rent out a room or a full house to visitors...

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DCIst - Councilmember Proposes New Limits For Airbnb Hosts

Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie proposed a bill today that requires Washingtonians who rent homes on sites like Airbnb to be limited to one property...

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Washington Times - D.C. bill to regulate home-sharing services

Property owners in the District profiting from short-term rentals could soon be navigating a raft of regulations aimed at maintaining the city’s supply of affordable housing...

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Washington's Top News - DC to consider regulations for Airbnb-type rentals

The D.C. Council may consider legislation introduced by Council member Kenyan McDuffie that would put new restrictions on short-term rentals in the District...

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WASHINGTON POST – D.C. LAWMAKER TO INTRODUCE NEW RESTRICTIONS ON AIRBNB, OTHER SHORT-TERM RENTALS

District lawmakers will soon introduce legislation that would further restrict how property owners can use home-sharing sites such as Airbnb and VRBO...

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Urban Turf - Councilmember McDuffie Introduces Bill to Cut Down on Airbnb Abuse in DC

This morning, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie introduced a bill that will create regulatory mechanisms for individuals who want to rent their residence for fewer than 30 days at a time on services like Airbnb...