Short-term rental scofflaws beware
The City Council is poised to crack down on short-term landlords and rental companies that are not complying with reporting requirements on Wednesday, June 12.
The council is expected to pass an ordinance requiring such companies as Airbnb to provide the names and addresses of the landlord operators they advertise. Research shows most are not complying with city regulations, including being inspected for safety compliance and obtaining licenses through the Revenue Division.
A federal court recently upheld similar requirements in Santa Monica, California.
"Short-term rental platforms hosts continue to have very low compliance with the City of Portland's permit requirements. The City has attempted to enforce its permitting Code for five years and has been met with either outright resistance or negligible support from short- term rental platforms. A recent ruling in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the City of Santa Monica, California's approach to ensuring permitting compliance. This ordinance offers short-term rental platforms a choice; choose from a registry of approved rental locations such as in Santa Monica, or enter into a comprehensive data-sharing agreement with the Revenue Division," reads the impact statement included with the ordinance, which was first heard last week.
According to the ordinance, negotiations to resolve the problem with Airbnb have broken down.
You can find the ordinance here.
You can read a previous Portland Tribune story on the issue here.