Portland housing panel floats looser rules for short-term rentals

Members of the City Council’s Housing Committee said rules for short-term rentals proposed by city staff were too restrictive and agreed during a meeting Wednesday night to pursue looser regulations for the popular accommodations.

The five committee members agreed in principle with a framework that would allow people to rent out their private homes and operate commercial short-term rentals in apartment buildings. The committee diverged on details, however, like whether there should be a cap on the number of short-term rentals per apartment building.

“I want to permit multi-unit building short-term rentals, but I want to limit it,” Committee Chairwoman Jill Duson said. She expects the committee to have a recommendation for the full council by its next meeting in the second week of November.

Portland is among a growing number of cities worldwide that have moved to reign in the rapid growth of short-term rentals of private properties offered through websites like

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