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Portlanders share their homes

Thanks to new regulations crafted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Portlanders can now legitimately rent bedrooms in their homes to guests staying fewer than 30 days. The new rules allow residents to rent out up to two bedrooms in their single-dwelling residence with a low-cost permit, provided they live in their residence at least nine months a year.

The new regulations, which were passed unanimously by City Council in July, require a City inspection and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Operators of short-term rentals must notify their neighbors, post their permit number on their listings, and remit transient lodging taxes to the City. For more information about short-term rental permits, please the Bureau of Development Services webpage

Mayor Charlie Hales released a proposal that would expand these new rules to cover multi-dwelling buildings, including apartments and condominiums. City Council will consider such amendments at a public hearing on November 19. More information about the proposal is available on the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Program (RICAP) News and Update page