Washington DC, November 12, 2018 – The future of short-term rentals (STRs) throughout the nation’s capital is being put at risk by DC Council Bill – B22-0092 which would introduce a licensing system that would eliminate nearly all current short-term rentals like Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO.
The bill would:
- impose zoning requirements that effectively eliminate nearly all short-term rentals;
- require short-term rental platforms to share private information about hosts with the city government;
- cost the city over $104 million in lost taxes and implementation costs;
- eliminate short-term rental competition allowing big-hotels to gouge visitors to the nation’s capital.
“Big hotels are the only real winners of DC’s anti-home sharing bill.” said Carl Szabo, Vice President at NetChoice. “The city’s latest anti-tech action threatens resident’s privacy and financial security.”
“I can think of a better way for the city to spend $100 million.”
“DC is going after short-term rentals to the detriment of home owners and at a cost of $104 million,” continued Szabo. “The City Council’s proposed rules would burden residents who use STR platforms to help make ends meet.”
A copy of coalition opposition letter can be found at: https://netchoice.org/wp-content/uploads/Association-Joint-DC-Council-Letter-150.pdf
NetChoice is a trade association of eCommerce and online businesses that share the goal of promoting convenience, choice, and commerce on the net.
Davison, Wayfair Inc.’s counsel George Isaacson of Brann & Isaacson, and Steve DelBianco of NetChoice initially met with the MTC in July to discuss industry’s proposal for federal legislation that would put conditions on the implementation of Wayfair. The discussions continued during the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board’s October meetings, where the industry leaders received pushback from the streamlined states.