Changes may be coming to Airbnb-type rentals in D.C.

There are more than 6,000 listings for rent in Washington, D.C. on short-term rental sites like Airbnb. The D.C. Council took testimony Wednesday as lawmakers work to draft regulations that would limit how many nights the rentals would be available and the number of spaces an individual could offer for rent. (ASSOCIATED PRESS/David Zalubowski)
WASHINGTON — A move to amend short term rental rules in D.C. is making its way through the city council.

The effort — which is still open to amendments — would create a scheme for licensing the rentals, allow the rentals to take place only in a homeowner’s primary residence and limit the rentals to a total of 90 days a year.

Numbers of council members said Tuesday they’ll await discussion on the proposed rules until the measure is further along in the process.

“We’re gonna have fun!” with that, council chair Phil Mendelson joked sarcastically.

Legislation to make changes to the “Short-term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Protection Act of 2010” next is before D.C.’s council for a second reading in two weeks or, possibly at the next regular meeting on Nov. 13.

Kristi King

Kristi King is a veteran reporter who has been working in the WTOP newsroom since 1990. She covers everything from breaking news to consumer concerns and the latest medical developments.

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