A resident of Portland’s West End has appealed a city order demanding that he stop renting out part of his home through Airbnb, a popular website for short-term rentals.
The case will be heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals next week and a decision could have repercussions for hundreds of property owners who rent out rooms or apartments on a daily or weekly basis.
While the Portland City Council has been considering whether to regulate the rapid and unregulated growth of Airbnb rentals, the city staff has quietly issued a handful of violation notices to Airbnb operators since last fall.
Airbnb and other services allow property owners to rent rooms or entire homes to tourists and visitors without the regulations that apply to hotels or traditional bed-and-breakfasts.
There are about 425 Airbnb rentals in Portland, according to Airdna, a website that collects data on the service.
The growth of short-term rentals has