City of Portland Finally Fines a Short-Term Rental Company

But not Airbnb.

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The city is finally cracking down on companies like Airbnb that allow hosts to rent their homes to visitors. But it’s not actually going after Airbnb. Instead, the Portland Revenue Bureau has fined Vacation Home Rentals of Newburyport, Mass., $3,000 for failing to register to pay transient lodging taxes, get its hosts to obtain city permits and undergo inspections. The company is run by TripAdvisor, ...   More
Friday, April 17, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

The Share Up There

A battle between West Hills neighbors over vacation rentals shows where the sharing economy could be headed.

Policing the “sharing economy” as it evolves in Portland has been challenging for city officials. Rulemakers continue to grapple with what to do with Uber, and short-term vacation rental s   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

City of Portland Threatens Airbnb and Rivals with $503,000 in Fines


Portland officials have set another deadline in their slow crackdown on Airbnb and other companies that aren’t following city rules. As first reported by the Portland Tribune, the City Revenue Division sent letters on March 5 to five vacation rental companies that have been lax about making hosts get a city permit. The message: Have your hosts get permits by April 5 or pay up. Collectively, ...   More
Thursday, March 19, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Air Invasion

Newly available data on Airbnb shows the company’s impact on Portland.

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Airbnb is all for sharing—except, of course, when it comes to its own data. The vacation-rental site has been under scrutiny in Portland and other U.S. cities for its effect on neighborhoods   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Portland's Deadline for Airbnb Safety Permits Passes Unheeded, But City Won't Issue Fines

Only 4.6 percent of Airbnb rentals in Portland list a permit number, independent analysis finds.


An independent analysis of Airbnb’s Portland hosts reveals that of the 2,006 online rentals in the city, only 93—or 4.6 percent—show they have a city permit to operate legally. The city of Portland set a Feb. 20 deadline for Airbnb and other sites to begin posting hosts’ city permit numbers or face a $500 fine for each violation. The deadline has passed and the city is shrugging. City Revenue ...   More
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Hotel California

The city has done little to crack down on Airbnb hosts renting multiple apartments.

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Emily and Justin Steubs want you to spend the night in their Pearl District apartment. The Steubs’ pad, which they call “Pearl Dreams,” features views of the West Hills, a rooftop hot tu   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Portland Says Deadline for Airbnb Hosts to Get City Permits is Feb. 20


The next big test of Portland City Hall's ability to compel "sharing economy" companies to share data is less than a month away.Portland officials say Airbnb and other short-term rental companies have until Feb. 20 to begin posting the addresses and city permit numbers of their hosts—most of whom have not yet undergone the city's safety inspection.Portland revenue division director Thomas Lannom ...   More
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 AARON MESH

VIDEO: City Commissioner Nick Fish Berates Airbnb Lobbyist

"You want to have your cake and eat it too," Fish says. "This has shades of Uber all over it."


Uber isn't Portland's only fight with a sharing-economy startup. The love affair between City Hall and Airbnb is publicly fraying. City Commissioner Nick Fish has been pushing a crackdown on Airbnb hosts who don’t get safety inspections. Airbnb sent a lobbyist to a City Council hearing Dec. 18 to object to new rules compelling the company to provide the addresses and city permit numbers of its hosts. ...   More
Monday, December 22, 2014 AARON MESH

Lobbying Group Including Airbnb Pushes Back on Portland's Plan to Toughen Short-Term Rental Rules


Airbnb is marshaling other home-sharing sites to fight Portland City Hall plans to crack down on unlicensed hosts. City Council is scheduled to vote Dec. 18 on an ordinance that would fine online rental marketplaces $500 each time a host advertises a rental without posting a city permit number. Airbnb, HomeAway, TripAdvisor and FlipKey—working through a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group called ...   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 AARON MESH

Portland City Hall Preparing to Compel Airbnb Safety Inspections


Portland city officials say they will finally crack down on Airbnb hosts who don’t get safety inspections. WW reported last month that only 4 percent of Airbnb hosts in Portland had bothered to seek a city permit to operate. Getting a permit requires paying a $180 fee, agreeing to operate under new city rules and passing a safety inspection. Portland Revenue Bureau director Thomas Lannom has ...   More
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 AARON MESH


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