Portland’s City Council Calls on airbnb to Do More to Facilitate The City’s New Licensing Program

Airbnb resists city efforts to regulate it

From the Portland Tribune, December 19, 2014

Airbnb argued Thursday that it should be able to keep the names and addresses of its Portland hosts out of the hands of the city Bureau of Development Services, which hopes to use the information to prod Airbnb hosts to get city permits required before they can rent out rooms in their homes for stays of less than 30 days.

So far, only 110 local Airbnb hosts have sought permits under the city’s short-term rental ordinance adopted in July, or an estimated 7 to 8 percent of those subject to the ordinance. That doesn’t include several hundred Portland hosts who rent out rooms in apartments and condos, which won’t become legal until a pending city ordinance is passed in January.