Remember that renting housing in a residential area in Lake Oswego can only be done for a limited time.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - There are limits on how long housing can be rented in Lake Oswego's residential areas.City officials are making good on their decision to enforce Lake Oswego's ban on short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods.

Diana Smith-Bower, the City's public information officer, posted a notice last week on the social-networking website Nextdoor informing residents that the rental of a home or guest room in a residential neighborhood is limited to stays of 30 days or longer. Any rental "or other overnight stay" for less than 30 days must occur in a hotel or similar business in a commercial area, she wrote.

"Recently, the Planning Commission and the City Council explored allowing the short-term rental of homes in the residential areas of Lake Oswego," Smith-Bower posted on July 26. "Based upon these discussions, and the citizen comments received, the City Council decided to continue

to permit short-term rental stays only in commercial areas."

Smith-Bower said residents with questions or complaints should contact Bill Youngblood, the City's code enforcement specialist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-699-7473. Complaints about code violations should include an address and a link to an advertisement for the short-term rental, she said.

The Review's Anthony Macuk wrote about the City's policy debate over short-term rentals in the July 20 issue of the newspaper. You can also find the story online at

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