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Short Term Rental FAQs for Washington, District of Columbia.

How restricted are short term rentals in Washington?

Medium Restrictions

Does Washington,District of Columbia have any regulations for short term rentals?

Annual 90 days rental maximum on property that is not the primary residence. Virtually no enforcement.

Does Airbnb automatically remit taxes for short term rentals in Washington?

Currently, Airbnb is collecting and remitting taxes on behalf of the host.

What are the city taxes for Washington

District of Columbia State FAQs

Is District of Columbia a judicial or non-judicial state?


In a judicial foreclosure state, the lender must go through the court system in order to foreclose on a property. This process can be longer and more expensive for the lender compared to a non-judicial foreclosure.

As a real estate investor, it is important to understand the differences between judicial and non-judicial states because it can affect the amount of time and money it takes to foreclose on a property. It can also impact the availability of properties that are being foreclosed on and the process of purchasing those properties.

What is the process of closing on a property in District of Columbia?

Attorneys, title insurance companies, or their agents may conduct closings. Conveyances are by bargain-and-sale deeds. Though mortgages are available, the deed of trust, containing private power of sale, is the security instrument of choice. Foreclosures require at least six weeks and start with a 30-day notice of sale sent by certified mail. ALTA policies and endorsements insure title. Buyers generally pay closing costs, title insurance premiums, and recording taxes. Sellers pay the transfer tax. Property taxes fall due annually or if they’re less than $100,000, semiannually, on September 15th and March 31st.

Property Taxes in District of Columbia?

Annually if more than $100,000 otherwise due on September 15thand March 31st

In District of Columbia, does a property management company require a real estate broker's license?

NO. The District of Columbia is somewhat unique in that a broker's license is not required of a property manager UNLESS he or she will be performing any activities that relate to the purchase, sale or exchange of the property, or negotiating a loan on the property. Property managers, however, must pass the DC property managers exam and obtain a property manager license. Those holding broker's licenses need not obtain a property manager license, as the broker's license is considered superior. According to DC law, a "property manager" means an agent for the owner of real estate in all matters pertaining to property management. "Property management" is the leasing, renting or offering to lease or rent, managing, marketing, and the overall operation and maintenance of real estate. The term includes the physical, administrative, and fiscal management of any real property serviced by a licensee, or his or her employee or agent. For more information about these and other D.C. property management requirements and exceptions, please contact the District of Columbia Real Estate Commission. Before hiring a property manager to manage your D.C. rental property, you should always check that he or she is licensed appropriately. You can check the license status of D.C. property managers at Pearson's VUEs credentials management system.

Are there any exceptions to the requirement that a property manager have a broker's license in District of Columbia?

Do you need a broker's license to manage community associations in District of Columbia?

A broker's license is not required to be a community or condo association manager in the District of Columbia. However, the Real Estate Board of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs does regulate community association managers as "commercial" property managers.

Real Estate Broker Requirements

Real Estate Salesperson Requirements

How do property ownership transfers work in ?

Bargain-and-sale deeds

Sustainability Resources

The Real Estate industry is one of the most environmentally damaging industries in the world accounting for:
of total carbon dioxide
of all energy
of all raw materials
Our goal is to give you the resources you need to take sustainable action in improving, building, retrofitting and revamping your home. The impacts are real, the benefits significant, and the need critical. Join us in bringing sustainability home and creating a brighter future for all, starting with you.

Save money and do the world a favor!
Here's a list of Sustainability Initiatives in the area:

WaterSense Webinars

WaterSense, a subset of the US EPA, puts on sustainability webinars that have different focuses.

Volunteer with 4Ocean

4Ocean offers volunteer opportunities for those looking to join one of their ocean clean-up events/groups.

Paint Drop-Off Locations - PaintCare Inc.

PaintCare makes it easy to recycle leftover, unwanted paint. PaintCare operatespaint stewardship programs on behalf of paint manufacturers in states that have passed paint stewardship laws.