As has been mentioned in the WaPo and other publications, on Nov 18, Mayor Fenty implemented Mayor’s Order 2008-156:
The District of Columbia’s Office of the Attorney General and Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will not enforce the District of Columbia’s licensing and certificate of occupancy requirements with respect to leases, rentals, and similar arrangements, whether or not in writing, between the owner or renter of a dwelling unit and one or more unrelated persons that permits such persons to occupy all or part of the unit beginning on or after January 13. 2009, and ending on or before January 27, 2009.
Also, according to the WaPo article:
The city’s Office of Tax and Revenue announced it will suspend a 14.5 percent sales tax on property rentals to transients for residents who want to rent their apartments or homes to out-of-towners for the inauguration.
This does seem to alleviate any concerns with complying with DC occupancy and tax requirements during the inauguration, but since most of us are condo/apartment dwellers, we’re still subject to our condo association restrictions. There’s a lot of time between now and January 20, 2009. Will we see condo associations start to consider accommodating short term leases?