Post by High Priestess on Jan 18, 2019 17:07:00 GMT
Based on what occurred lately in New York City, where a judge ruled New Yorks' attempt to grab hosts' private data as unconstitutional, it's likely that the Washington DC law, which has similar aims to grab private information, is also unconsitutional:
In the New York case, a U.S. district judge blocked New Yorks' STR law on the grounds that it went too far in requiring the short-term-rental companies to file monthly disclosures to New York City with detailed information about listings including the identities and addresses of hosts.
Such mandatory reporting would violate Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, the judge ruled.
The D.C. law has similar reporting requirements, and it was not immediately clear whether the potential problem could be solved by softening them. That is because the District may need the detailed information about short-term rentals to ensure that property owners comply with the 90-day limit and the ban on using second homes for short-term rental.