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Travel Tech Statement on DC City Council Decision on Short-term Rental

Travel Tech on November 14, 2018

Travel Tech: Bowser Should Veto DC City Council Decision on Short-term Rental

Arlington, VA – The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), the trade association for the online travel industry, including short-term rental innovators Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO, is deeply disappointed by the District of Columbia City Council's decision to limit the short-term rental market and impose undue enforcement obligations on short-term rental platforms.

The following statement can be attributed to Matt Kiessling, Travel Tech’s Vice President for Short-term Rental Policy:

"The City Council’s decision to prohibit alternative accommodations in the District is jarringly incongruous in a city that is so used to sharing its attractions. The $104 million dollar price tag associated with this ordinance – a combination of both lost tax revenue and the new cost of enforcement and compliance under the proposed ordinance – is just one symptom of what this bad policy will look like in motion.

We encourage Mayor Bowser to stop this harsh, overreaching restriction in its tracks and veto the ordinance. DC residents deserve sound and reasonable regulatory policy for short-term rentals, one that doesn't penalize city taxpayers, addresses the concerns of all residents, and still allows short-term rentals to support the local economy.”