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City Council to Hold Public Hearing on New Short-Term Rental Regulation

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Matthew Robinson
Office of Mayor Charlie Hales
503-823-4045
matthew.robinson@portlandoregon.gov.

Portland, ORE. — On Wednesday, November 19 at 2 p.m., Portlanders will be able to tell City Council what they think about a proposal to allow short-term rentals in apartments and condos. After they hear public testimony, commissioners will vote on whether or not to extend new short-term rental regulations beyond single-family homes.

The recommendations propose to allow accessory short-term rentals in up to ten percent of the total units in multi-dwelling structures such as apartments and condominiums. In buildings with fewer than ten units, one accessory short-term rental would be permitted. The new rules would be similar to those already in effect for single dwellings; basic safety measures must be met and required notice sent to surrounding residents.

For details of the proposal, read the Accessory Short-Term Rentals in Multi-Dwelling Structures — Mayor’s Recommended Draft, October 20, 2014.

Background
Last summer the Portland City Council approved new regulations for accessory short-term rentals in single family houses and duplexes. These regulations, effective on Aug. 29, 2014, created a new permit process that allows residents to rent up to two bedrooms in their home to overnight guests.

While Mayor Charlie Hales lauded this as a step in the right direction to support the sharing economy, he felt it didn’t go far enough and directed his staff to explore options for expanding the program to include multi-dwelling buildings.

Hales’ staff convened a working group, including housing interest groups and City staff to discuss issues related to short-term rentals in multi-dwelling buildings.

On Nov. 19, 2014, at 2 p.m. City Council will hold a public hearing on the recommendations in Accessory Short-Term Rentals in Multi-Dwelling Structures — Mayor’s Recommended Draft.

How to submit testimony on the Mayor’s Recommended Draft

Testify at the City Council hearing  The hearing, on Nov. 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm, will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall (1221 SW Fourth Avenue). Metered and paid parking is available in the vicinity. City Hall is served by many transit lines. Call TriMet at 503-238-7433 or check their web site at http://www.trimet.org for routes and schedules.

Write to City Council  Send written testimony to the Council Clerk at 1221 SW Fourth Ave, Rm 130, Portland, OR 97204, or email Karla.Moore-Love@portlandoregon.gov. Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

Copies of the Mayor’s Recommended Draft are available at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Ave, 7th Floor. Or you can request a copy to be mailed to you by calling 503‑823‑7700.