Residential Rentals: What You Need to Know
In Fairfax City, property owners may rent out their single-family home, townhouse or apartment — in part or in full — for 30 consecutive days or more. (No short-term rental is permitted in the city.)
Single-family homes may have one family and up to three unrelated persons sharing the home.
In owner-occupied rentals, the owner and renters must all share the common kitchen and living areas.
To establish a rental, homeowners must obtain a business license. Additionally, homeowners must obtain a Rental Occupancy Permit if the home is not owner-occupied. Apartment tenants who want to sublease their apartment should first confirm with the management company that they may do so.