Last week, in a blow to companies like Airbnb, Prince George’s County Council unanimously passed a ban on second home rentals. The vote leaves D.C. as the last jurisdiction in the Washington region without similar regulations. But the D.C. Council plans to vote in November on a bill that will deliver tougher restrictions.

In the District, which has a bigger market for short-term rentals, concerns over gentrification have played a prominent role in the debate over regulation. Is Airbnb a cure to or a cause of gentrification?

Kojo speaks with reporter Robert McCartney, who has covered the fight over short-term rentals for The Washington Post.

Produced by Ruth Tam


  • Robert McCartney Senior Regional Correspondent and Associate Editor, Washington Post; @McCartneyWP
  • Brad Frome Deputy Chief of Staff for Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker

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