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Adding Teeth To Portland's Short-Term Rental Law


Cottage in Portland on Airbnb website.

Cottage in Portland on Airbnb website.

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City Commissioner Nick Fish is backing the Portland Revenue Bureau’s plan to add some restrictions to the city’s short-term rental regulations. That’s the law passed earlier this year that requires people to get permits in order to list a home or room for rent on sites like Airbnb. (The city has plans to expand the regulations to include condos and apartments as well.) So far, only a handful of people have applied for the permits, compared to the number of listings in Portland.

The revenue bureau’s proposal would require companies to share addresses for listings with the city and require hosts to post their permit numbers to show they’ve complied with the city’s code. Naturally, Airbnb representatives are pushing back against these ideas.

The proposal got a hearing at the Dec. 18 city council meeting and a vote is expected in January.

We’ll check in with Commissioner Fish about enforcing Portland’s short-term rental regulations.

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