Airbnb says hosts in the District earned a total of $96 million through the home-sharing service in 2018 — up from $82 million the year before. D.C. is set to impose new regulations on Airbnb hosts that the company says will hurt business.
Maryland homeowners who rented their property using a home-sharing website generated around $57 million in income in 2018.
The D.C. bill would restrict short-term rentals to a property owner’s primary residence and limit rentals to 90 days a year.
A move to amend short term rental rules in D.C. is making its way through the city council. The effort 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.
“It allows our hosts to offer their spaces free of charge to anyone who’s been displaced or needs to evacuate or is deploying in the area to help with relief efforts,” said Kim Rubey, global head of social impact and philanthropy at Airbnb.
The Attorney General’s office says it has received complaints from tenants about safety concerns and frequent disruption from noisy and rowdy short-term guests.
It’s easy to see the rise in popularity of Airbnb and other online vacation rental sites and think it’s a good idea to buy a property dedicated to short-term housing. But that strategy may not be as simple or lucrative as it seems, experts warn.
The Loudoun County, Virginia, homeowner was charged with brandishing a firearm and abduction, following a night in which Airbnb guests hosted an apparently rowdy party.
The company is citing its community values as grounds to cut ties with participants of the rallies, which stemmed from a protest last year to protect Confederate statues — which included neo-Nazi groups — but exploded in violence.
Herndon, Virginia officials are pushing to regulate websites like Airbnb, through tightening rules on short-terms rentals.
After more than a year of study, Fairfax County has approved new rules for people who rent out their homes through websites, such as Airbnb and FlipKey. The new rules go into effect Oct. 1 and come up with some restrictions.
More people are booking beach stays through third-party online sites. Owners of properties who use Airbnb and VRBO offer suggestions to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Real estate agents who work for traditional rental companies provide even more insight.
New video released by police Tuesday shows officers joking with three black people considering suing over what they say was an excessive response to a racially motivated 911 call in Southern California.
Though hotels are required to have smoke detectors, private rentals through Airbnb aren’t, and more than 20 percent of the Airbnbs in D.C. might not have the alarms, according to a recent study.
Loudoun County is joining D.C. area localities that are regulating short-term residential rentals, such as those offered through Airbnb, VRBO and Flipkey.
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