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Portland Will Immediately Fine Airbnb Hosts Who Break the City's Rules

Airbnb hosts and other short-term rental operators will face immediate fines if they're found to violate city rules and permitting requirements.

The city of Portland will no longer give Airbnb hosts and other short-term rental operators a grace period when they violate city rules, including lacking the required permits and safety inspection.

Beginning March 31, the Bureau of Development Services will issue immediate fines ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

Portland was the first city to legalize short-term rentals in the country in July of 2014. Since then, when the city has found violations, it's given owners a grace period to correct the problems before issuing fines.

The changes were first proposed back in November.

As WW reported last year, enforcement has been lax, and even an Airbnb manager listed a property illegally.

Full announcement below: