By Martin Austermuhle
October 2, 2018
Tuesday the D.C. Council is expected to debate and vote on a bill that would regulate and restrict the practice of home-sharing—when a person rents out a room or their full house to someone else for short periods of time—and the services that facilitate it, like Airbnb, VRBO, FlipKey and HomeAway.
The debate is a long time coming: 18 months ago, the Council first held a contentious hearing on a draft bill regulating home-sharing, but took no further action thereafter. Since then, most of the the region’s other jurisdictions—including Arlington County, Alexandria and Montgomery County—have implemented their own rules and restrictions.