Short-Term Leasing (Airbnb) Reviewed by Arlington County

The County is developing zoning regulations for short-term residential rentals, also called “accessory homestays.” The regulations would affect rentals through online services such as Airbnb, Craigslist and other similar services.

As background, use of online residential, short-term rental platforms, such as Airbnb, has become more prevalent in Arlington and nationwide. Data collected in September 2016 from AirDNA shows that Arlington had 986 properties listed on Airbnb. However, although there are benefits to online short-term residential rentals, the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance does not currently allow short-term rentals. The zoning office has received both questions about how to conduct this use legally, as well as complaints about existing short-term residential rentals. New zoning rules governing short-term residential rentals will enable the County to address problems and concerns when they arise.

The community had opportunities to share input at meetings held in November leading up to the Dec. 10 Board discussion and decision the County Board adopted new Zoning Ordinance regulations that define a short-term residential rental as a new home occupation called "accessory homestay" and creates standards for this use. The regulations affect short-term rentals through online services such as Airbnb, Craigslist, VRBO and others. The new regulations will become effective on Dec. 31, 2016.

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