The following is excerpt from Robert McCartney | November 21, 2017 | Thewashingtonpost.com |
In the eight years since Airbnb began operations in the District, thousands of homeowners have used it to become short-term landlords, often illegally. But now, a practice welcomed as a novel way to augment income — and maybe befriend tourists — has become a flash point in the city’s debate over gentrification.
Opponents of Airbnb and similar companies are backing legislation before the D.C. Council to prohibit some short-term rentals and regulate the rest. They say that renting houses and apartments for brief stays gobbles up living space that could ease the city’s shortage of affordable housing.
Many citizens also resent seeing a surge of transients disturb the residential character of their buildings or street blocks. Residents complain about noise, unfamiliar faces and loss of precious parking spaces.
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