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

Airbnb Has Spent $24,000 Lobbying Portland City Council

Its new hotel taxes won't be earmarked for affordable housing.

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Airbnb's visit to Portland City Hall was very successful—but it wasn't cheap.As reported in this morning's Murmurs, Airbnb spent $19,782 from April through June lobbying City Hall to grant the city’s unprecedented seal of approval on the San Francisco startup’s short-term rental operations. That brings Airbnb's year-to-date lobbying expenses to $24,282—and that's not counting what it spent ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Sami Edge and Aaron Mesh

Activists Call for City to Use All Airbnb Tax Dollars on Affordable Housing

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As Portland City Council moves forward on a plan to legalize some short-term home rentals and collect taxes from online broker Airbnb, activists and nonprofits are calling on City Hall to dedicate all of those new tax dollars to affordable housing. City Council this morning cleared the way for a July 30 vote to approve a rule change that will permit Portland to do something no other city in America ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 AARON MESH

Them’s The Brakes

Why City Hall loves home-sharing company Airbnb but not car-sharing startup Uber.


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Mayor Charlie Hales says he wants Portland to stand as a leader in making room for the “sharing economy.” That’s one reason he has championed rewriting city rules to legalize the operations    More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 AARON MESH

City For Rent

Mayor Charlie Hales wants to give Airbnb something it can’t get anyplace else.


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Last week, Airbnb threw a house party in Portland City Hall.  The San Francisco-based online startup laid out two tables lined with trays of bagels, brownies and blueberry muffins. It invit   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 AARON MESH

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