The Arlington County Board took its first steps Saturday toward regulating short-term home-sharing rentals such as Airbnb by advertising public hearings on the proposal.
The Virginia General Assembly last winter sought to set law state-wide on the issue, but Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) delayed its implementation by referring the matter to the Virginia Housing Commission. Arlington board members said that if the legislature passes a new law in the 2017 session, it will preempt local regulations, but they hope to influence the state with a local law. More than 1,600 Arlington homes were advertised for rental through Airbnb in July.
A public hearing will be set for Nov. 2, with additional hearings before the Planning Commission Nov. 30 and a County Board vote Dec. 10.