Report: 80 percent of Portland short-term rentals not legal

Portland requires hosts of Airbnb-style bookings to apply for a permit, be the primary resident of the rental, live there for the majority of the year and limit each rental to a maximum of 30 days.

Posted: Aug 8, 2018 3:07 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A new report by Portland officials says four out of five short-term rental properties in the city are operating illegally and there is not much the city can do about them yet since it doesn't have the necessary data.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Portland requires hosts of Airbnb-style bookings to apply for a permit, be the primary resident of the rental, live there for the majority of the year and limit each rental to a maximum of 30 days.

City auditors said in a report released Wednesday that it's hard enforce these rules since companies like Airbnb or Vacasa don't regularly share rental information with the city.

Auditors say public data on Airbnb's website showed it had more than 4,600 listings in Portland in October 2017. At that time, the city had only issued 1,638 permits.

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