City of Alexandria to Host Community Meeting on Proposed Short-Term Residential Rental Registry

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City of Alexandria to Host Community Meeting on Proposed Short-Term Residential Rental Registry

For Immediate Release: October 10, 2017

The City of Alexandria will host a community meeting to gather feedback on a proposed Short-Term Residential Rental Registry on Tuesday, October 17, from 7 to 9 p.m, at the Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe St.). Feedback from this meeting will be incorporated into a staff recommendation to City Council.

Short-term residential rental, or “home sharing,” refers to the rental of houses, condos or apartments to short-term guests. Short-term residential rentals typically occur through online home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb, craigslist, Expedia, FlipKey, HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and VRBO.

A new state law allows localities to create registries for this relatively new type of business. The City’s aim is to ensure fairness among short-term residential rental businesses, hotels and other lodging businesses in the City.

Home sharing is generally subject to the same taxation as hotels and other businesses.  Nationwide, many localities are working to ensure that all taxes are assessed and collected fairly.

For more information on the upcoming meeting and proposed registry, visit the City’s Short-Term Residential Rental Registry page.

For media inquiries, contact Andrea J. Blackford, Senior Communications Officer, at andrea.blackford@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.3959.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, email jim.moore@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4285, Virginia Relay 711.

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This news release is available at www.alexandriava.gov/100009.

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