Portland Struggles to Implement New Policy Without Assistance from airbnb

Scare ‘Em Straight! Hales Hesitating on Tougher Airbnb Enforcement

From the Portland Mercury, November 3, 2014

One concern was deemed particularly “worrisome”: Despite finding some 488 short-term rental listings within Southeast Uplift’s footprint—from Montavilla to Buckman to Sellwood—the group says it received just nine applications for official licenses along the lines of the city’s new rules.

(To identify violators City) workers would have to spend hours combing through listings and digging out addresses, which aren’t immediately made public on sites like Airbnb, and then cross-check those addresses against the city’s permitting records, says Mike Liefeld, boss of enforcement for the Portland Bureau of Development Services.