Arlington OKs Airbnb rentals

WASHINGTON — The Arlington County Board has approved Airbnb rentals in all residential neighborhoods, effective on New Year’s Eve.

The measure, amending the zoning laws, put on the fast track so that the county could begin regulating what residents are already doing — renting their homes.

“We have lots of Arlingtonians already doing this and it’s illegal. We’re catching up, and I think we need to move quickly,” said Libby Garvey, chair, Arlington County Board.

Members voted 4–1 in favor of regulations that will take effect Dec. 31.

“I’m still concerned that it’s too rushed,” said John Vihstadt, who lost a bid to defer a vote on the regulations until the new year. “I’m concerned that it overreaches in several respects, while leaving other issues inadequately addressed.”

The board says the rules will protect the character of neighborhoods and ensure that health and safety measures in place.

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