Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces a public hearing before the Committee of the Whole on Bill 22-92, the “Short Term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Protection Act of 2017.” The hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building.
The stated purpose of Bill 22-92 is to create a new license category for short-term rentals fewer than 30 consecutive days, to establish requirements governing the use of short-term rentals, to permit limited vacation rentals 15 nights cumulatively. The bill would require short-term rental hosts to obtain a basic business license. The bill would require short-term rental hosts and hosting platforms to maintain records. Further, the bill would require the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to inspect short-term rentals for violations of health and safety, as well as to establish duties and enforcement powers for the Department.
Those who wish to testify are asked to telephone the Committee of the Whole at (202) 724-8196, or email Randi Powell, Legislative Policy Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and to provide your name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by noon on Monday, April 24, 2017. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If submitted by the close of business on April 24, 2017 the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing. Witnesses must limit their testimony to three minutes; more time will be allowed by prior arrangement with the Committee staff. A copy of the legislation can be obtained through the Legislative Services Division of the Secretary of the Council’s office or on http://lims.dccouncil.us.
If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted to the Committee of the Whole, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 410 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday May 10, 2017.