Post by High Priestess on Jan 31, 2017 4:34:15 GMT
District lawmakers will soon introduce legislation that would further restrict how property owners can use home-sharing sites such as Airbnb and VRBO.
The measure, to be introduced Tuesday by D.C. Council member Kenyan R. McDuffie, would limit hosts to renting out one unit at a time, and only in their permanent homes....If the law is passed, Airbnb hosts would have 120 days to comply with the new measures.
Those who violate the proposed rules could be fined up to $1,000 for the first instance and up to $7,000 for subsequent violations.
Airbnb and other platforms could face penalties, too. They would be fined $1,000 for each booking made in violation of the rules, McDuffie said. The fines would be used to create affordable housing in the District, with 50 percent of proceeds used to fund low-income housing.
That sounds like another scenario where Airbnb should get involved, since they could be fined. In the past Airbnb sued cities which tried to make Airbnb liable for hosts listings...now, Airbnb is taking a different approach which in several cities has led to Airbnb being involved in helping with city law enforcement, a problematic loss of boundaries between business and government.