The District regulates short-term residential rentals, such as “AirBNB”.
The regulations are found here
The grace period for obtaining the license and endorsement is extended to June 9, 2022.
A Basic Business license is required, with two, alternative endorsements available.
Short-Term Rental Endorsement (Host is present during rental – such as renting out bedrooms).
- Eligibility for License:
- Must be within host/applicant’s primary residence.
- Must have Homestead Tax Deduction per D.C. Official Code § 47-850. For the purposes of short-term rentals, accessory dwelling units, including English basements, are considered part of a host’s primary residence.
- Only natural persons are eligible for short-term rental licenses; business entities such as an LLC or corporation are not eligible.
- Requirements for Operation
- Host is present during rental.
- Occupancy limited to a maximum of eight (8) transient guests, or two (2) guests per bedroom, whichever is greater.
- As long as the host is present, there is no limit on the number of stays allowed during a calendar year; however, each short-term rental stay is limited to 30 or fewer continuous nights.
- Must have $250,000 liability insurance (which might be offered by the booking service).
- Posting within Premises:
- 24/hour emergency telephone number to be posted in premises.
- Copy of Basic Business License and Endorsement
- Provide cleaning and linen exchange between rentals.
- Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Detectors
- Fire Extinguisher
- 2 years of record-keeping
- Cost of License
- 2-year fee is $104.50
Short-Term Rental: Vacation Rental Endorsement: (Host is not present – for example, a full home). Same eligibility and requirements as above.
- cumulatively, vacation rentals cannot exceed 90 nights in any calendar year
- each rental is limited to 30 or fewer continuous nights.
Once the extended enforcement grace period ends on June 9, 2022, failure to comply with the District’s short-term rental requirements may result in fines of up to $250 for the first violation, escalating up to $1,000 for a third violation. Violations can be reported to the District of Columbia Short-Term Rental Hotline by calling 202-221-8550.
For further information and a list of Frequently Asked Questions visit dcra.dc.gov/shorttermrentals.