PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Four out of five short-term rental properties in Portland are operating illegally and there is not much the city can do about them yet since it doesn't have complete information, according to a recent report by city officials.
Portland requires hosts of Airbnb-style bookings to apply for a permit, be the primary resident of the rental, live in the home nine months out of the year and limit each booking to a maximum of 30 days, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported .
It's hard enforce these rules since companies like Airbnb or Vacasa don't regularly share rental information about each listing, their hosts and frequency of rentals with the city, citing privacy reasons, auditors said in a report released Wednesday.
Public data on Airbnb's website showed it had more than 4,600 listings in Portland in October 2017, according to the audit. At that time, the city had only issued 1,638 permits.
One possible reason why hosts may not be applying for a permit is the cost. The permit fee for hosts renting one or two bedrooms is $178. If hosts advertise three to five bedrooms, the cost goes up to $5,000 and requires a land use review.
However, most short-term rental hosts do pay the required city taxes on each night's stay, the auditors found.
The city hopes to finalize data sharing agreements with booking companies, said Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly in a response letter to auditors.
They are confident the data will help the city better regulate these types of rentals.
Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com