January 11, 2017
For the first time since legalizing short-term rentals in 2014, Portland City Hall has cracked down on a property listed on the websites Airbnb and VRBO with the full force of city code. The owner of a house in North Portland’s Humboldt neighborhood faces a possible $52,750.91 fine for charging up to $549 a night to rent six bedrooms. (City rules generally prohibit renting out more than two bedrooms a night and require a permit.) On Jan. 5, Portland hearings officer Adelia Hwang found “egregious” violations of city code by Dozer Construction, which owns the house on North Gantenbein Avenue. Hwang ordered the company to pay a $10,000 fine and surrender all rent collected from Aug. 1 through Dec. 1, 2016. The city and Dozer have until Jan. 19 to comment before the ruling becomes final. Dozer’s attorney, Andrew Seher, declined to comment. City officials declined to comment until the ruling becomes final.
Source: http://www.wweek.com/news/2017/01/11/murmurs-a-north-portland-airbnb-host-faces-a-52000-fine/