April 28, 2017

Portland is taking legal aim at another sector of the so-called “gig economy.” The Portland City Council is expected to weigh whether to give city regulators the authority to subpoena vacation-rental sites like Airbnb and HomeAway, compelling them to turn over information on hosts using the platforms to advertise rooms or homes for rent. The subpoenas would seek user information to expose unregistered listings that haven’t been inspected or aren’t paying hotel taxes, as required under city code…

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