Critics and supporters of home-sharing services like Airbnb crowded the Wilson Building on Wednesday for a hearing on a bill to regulate short-term rentals. Over a hundred residents and activists crowded the Wilson Building on Wednesday for a hearing on a bill that would regulate and restrict home-sharing platforms like Airbnb, HomeAway, FlipKey, and HomeAway.
The bill, introduced by Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5), would establish new regulations for home-sharing, set high fines for violations and largely curtail the practice of people using home-sharing platforms to rent out entire houses and apartments on a short-term basis. (A bedroom or a basement in a person’s primary residence would be fine.)
During the hearing, which ran for more than eight hours, dozens upon dozens of activists, lobbyists and residents shared their thoughts with legislators. (For additional reporting on the hearing, see The Washington Post , DCist , and UrbanTurf .) Below are five key takeaways. People care about this
There were signed petitions, TV and radio ads, dueling reports on the impact of home-sharing on the city and lots of people of all ages, backgrounds and races who patiently waited to tell the Council what they thought. In short, people care about […]