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.

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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

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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."

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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

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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

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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

Murmurs: Maybe Airbnb Can Rent Out All Those Streetcars.


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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    More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Safety Last

The city has no system to ensure Airbnb rentals undergo inspections.


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You can go on Airbnb right now and rent a basement room with wall murals in a house in Southeast Portland. Or you can rent one in Southwest that looks like a hotel suite. You can even check into a   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 GABRIELLA DUNN

Neighborhood Coalition Says Airbnb Hosts Are Failing to Get New City Permits

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Nearly three months after Portland City Hall legalized short-term rentals like Airbnb, a coalition of neighborhood associations is complaining that the newly-legit room renters are ignoring the requirement that they obtain city permits.Southeast Uplift, a coalition representing 20 neighborhoods in inner Southeast Portland, sent a letter to the City Council on Oct. 14, warning that the city isn't being ...   More
 
Friday, October 24, 2014 AARON MESH

In the Companies Of Strangers

I spent a week renting from Airbnb, Uber and other sharing-economy startups. Here's what your neighbors are up to.


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The summer wind presses Marquam Hill like the dank breath of a stranger talking too close. I’m lying on the hardwood floor of a barely furnished apartment along with two dentists, a Bronx high   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 AARON MESH

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