Portland adopts new administrative rule for short-term rentals

On February 15, the Portland Bureau of Development Services (BDS) adopted a new administrative rule for Accessory Short Term Rentals (ASTR) that may affect some Airbnb hosts.

This rule gives BDS the authority to issue citations for violations of ASTR regulations beginning March 31. The citations will carry fines of $1,000 to $5,000 and will be effective immediately without a period to come into compliance.

Actionable violations include:

  • Operating an accessory short-term rental without a required permit
  • Renting out more bedrooms than allowed by permit
  • Allowing more than 5 overnight guests

We expect all of our hosts to follow local laws and have invested significant resources into helping them register, including holding 29 registration workshops and calling 2,000 of our most active hosts. We’ve heard from many discouraged hosts that the city’s registration process is too complicated and we believe the city’s action signals a broader need to update and simplify the registration process – particularly for people who host on a casual, infrequent basis.

For more information, please visit our Portland Help Center, or read the city’s full administrative rule press release.

We will continue to work with the city on solutions that make it easier for you to register and that protect housing and neighborhoods.

Thank you to the passionate Portland home sharing community. We look forward to continuing to work with the community to welcome more guests to Portland.

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