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City of Portland to begin issuing citations for short-term rental violations

City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly

Beginning Friday, March 31, the City of Portland will be able to issue citations to those violating short-term rental requirements.

Short-term rental spaces, such as rooms and residences found through Airbnb, will only be penalized if they're in violation of the Portland Zoning Code Accessory Short Term Rentals (ASTR) regulations.

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The city says ASTR violators will be issued citations ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on the offense.

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) adopted the enforcement rules on February 9.

"I am very pleased BDS is increasing enforcement options for Accessory Short Term Rental violations within the City," said City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. "I have been very concerned about illegal, full-time commercial short term rentals in residential zones and I believe the new citation authority will assist BDS in responding to these egregious violations and improving compliance rates."

In August of 2014, the City of Portland adopted amendments to the Portland Zoning Code to allow short-term rentals in primarily long-term residences. The rules were focused on a permitting process for applicant to ensure guests were safe during their stay, but over time, BDS received increased complaints about short-term rentals and their potential effects on affordable housing in the city.

RELATED: Affordable housing advocates say Portland's illegal Airbnbs making crisis worse

View Portland's full ASTR regulations below:


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