As has been the case in cities around the country, issues around Airbnb and other homesharing services that have simmered for years are heating up with new legislative and legal battles.
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced a lawsuit yesterday against Ginosi USA Corporation, alleging that the company and the managers of four of its properties in D.C. have been illegally converting apartments into short-term rental units.
“We will aggressively pursue individuals and companies that seek to circumvent the District’s rent-control laws, and we are actively investigating other instances where apartment managers or owners are treating rent-controlled apartments like hotel rooms and renting them out on sharing-economy platforms,” Racine said in a statement.
Under the Rental Housing Act of 1985, the suit reads , it is illegal to convert apartments into a “hotel, motel, inn, or other transient residential occupancy unit or accommodation.” It also argues that regular renters at the Phoenix, Mass Court, Rodney, and View at Waterfront are “misled when they are not informed that large portions of their buildings will be operated like hotels.” And two of the properties are rent-controlled, according to the attorney general’s office.
It isn’t the first time that individual proprietors have been […]