Ask DC City Council to Support Short-Term Rentals

The cost of living in DC is rising faster than many residents can afford. Prospective homeowners face record prices, and local businesses see their rents increasing. There’s no single solution to these issues, but short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb and HomeAway help bring new economic opportunities to DC neighborhoods.

 

 

Some Washingtonians use the extra short-term rental income to afford their mortgages. Others are proud of their neighborhoods, many of which have no hotels nearby, and want to show visitors their favorite local spots. And short-term rentals drive tourists’ dollars to small businesses in commercial corridors across the District – last year, short-term rentals generated over $209 million of economic activity in DC.
 
Despite these benefits, the hotel lobby is supporting legislation to stop short-term rentals in DC. The plan would prohibit DC residents from earning extra income from their homes, cost neighborhood restaurants customers, and eliminate millions in tax revenue for the District of Columbia.
 
Now is the time for the District Council to support their constituents – not the hotel lobby. Contact your District council member and ask them to protect DC residents’ economic opportunity!