The D.C. bill would restrict short-term rentals to a property owner’s primary residence and limit rentals to 90 days a year.
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.
Property owners who want to rent out rooms or homes for fewer than 30 consecutive days, using such services as Airbnb, will have to apply for a license.
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.
The proposed legislation would impose the city’s 9.5 percent hotel tax on such rentals.
A group of community leaders is pushing the D.C. Council to pass a bill regulating home-sharing services such as Airbnb, saying that the operators make housing in the District more expensive and neighborhoods less safe.
Loudoun County has launched an effort to explore issues that could result from short-term rentals such as the ones found on Airbnb and FlipKey.
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