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Proposed Airbnb ‘special enforcement division’ in D.C. won’t advance

There are no plans to vote on the legislation this year

In September 2015, a bill was introduced that would have created a "special enforcement division" within the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) to monitor short-term rentals like those in Airbnb. Washington City Paper reported that the D.C. Council does not plan on advancing the bill. Because of this, that means that the bill will lapse on December 31 and will have to be reintroduced next year to be considered.

Tom Fazzini, a spokesman for Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, told Washington City Paper, "We're working with DCRA to ensure that all short-term rental properties are following District law, but not moving any legislation at this time."

Regulations currently in place for short-term rentals include that hosts must comply with zoning rules and must obtain a basic business license from the DCRA.