suspends residential business licenses for presidential
Nov. 24, 2008,
2 a.m. - D.C.
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty issued an executive order, temporarily
suspending the enforcement of the District’s regulations that
require residents to have a basic business license for
short-term rentals of residential property on and around
rental of residential units normally requires a Basic
Business License and, in addition, may require a
Certificate of Occupancy.
think it is important to provide visitors, who may not have
access to a hotel in the area, a chance to witness this historic
event,” said Fenty, a Democrat.
issued this order in response to the expected unprecedented
demand for accommodations here in the District,” said Attorney
General Peter Nickles.
order will only apply to properties being used for residential
purposes to lodge individuals during the Inauguration period.
District residents will be permitted to rent their units
beginning on or after Jan. 13, 2009, and ending on or before
Jan. 27, 2009.
this period the District will not enforce licensing and
certificate of occupancy requirements with respect to leases and
rentals that fall entirely within the provided timeframe.
However, residents will be required to comply with any tax
obligations that arise from leasing activity.
Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Director Linda K.
Argo said she urges residents and visitors to take caution.
reason rental licensing laws exist in the first place is to
ensure housing is safe and clean,” Argo said. “We encourage
anyone coming to the District to do as much as they can to check
out their accommodations before they arrive. We also encourage
residents to be just as careful if they choose to take advantage
of this opportunity to rent out their home.”