Short, Mid & Long Term Rental Resources

Many Host2Host members are trying mid and long term rentals, as the pandemic has reshaped travel and accommodation needs.  Short term rentals (defined by each municipality, but typically under 30 days) do not fall under the many landlord-tenant laws because the guest is not considered to be a tenant.  But once the short term limit is reached, the guest may become a tenant and an entirely different set of legal requirements can come into play. The pandemic-based prohibitions on evictions could really complicate things for a host who is only accustomed to the familiar short term rental scenario.  

A rental contract is essential for rental periods exceeding the short term limit.  Having an attorney initiate or review your contract is always a good idea. There are also some great resources to get you started. Thanks Debi Hertert and Dabney Tompkins for the following information.

  • Rent Responsibly is a nation-wide organization that advocates for short term rentals and provides a good state-by-state collection of relevant associations.  
  • For Oregon, in addition to Host2Host, you will find the Rental Housing Alliance of Oregon. This organization has a comprehensive set of forms that can be purchased for less than $5/form. 
  • Another useful resource is the National Tenant Network. For about $20 they run a background check on prospective tenants and return an objective score (that you can set the parameters on). This score allows you to screen tenants and decline them if their score isn't where you want it to be. You'll need to be consistent and require all applicants to have at least your base score.

Public Advocacy Documents

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In February, 2018 the Tribune published a good overview of what's happening in City Hall that will affect short-term rentals in Portland.  Steve Law's Tribune article is at this moment, the best overview we have.  But we are working hard to talk with Commissioners and staff to inform them about our members and how they differ from the 'commercial' operators that the City is appropriately concerned with. 

  • A copy of a 2017 Resolution passed by City Council reflects just how unhappy Council was at the platforms and illustrates the work we have ahead of us to communicate our viewpoints, being separate from the platforms.  

May 26, 2018 update:  The City finally announced their plan to further tax Short Term Rentals.  Read the Willamette Week and the Portland Tribune articles. Later that day, Maggie Vespa from KGW news interviewed Jill Palamountain. See it here.

City of Portland - Mayor & Commissioners contact information. Tell them your story! 

June, 2018 City Council Meeting Videos:

  • June 13 Hearing - Host2Host testimony - Select 'Jun 13 2018 AM Wednesday Session', start at 31:21. Host2Host testimony ends at 1:42. The entire hearing goes to 2:55.
  • June 20 Meeting - Commissioners Adopt Ordinances - Select 'Jun 20 2018 AM Wednesday Session', start at 15:00-26:33 to hear the Tourism 2% tax pass and the Per-Night Fee postponed for a later date. At 1:49:00-1:55:00 the Per-Night Fee is passed in a surprise vote.

The Ordinances ADOPTED by Portland City Council on June 20, 2018

June 21, 2018: H2H's Summary of Portland City Council's vote to approve both 2% TID tax and $4/"Per Night" fee

June 2018 Media: 

July 2018: City Documents Released July 27, 2018

August 2018: City of Portland tax changes; Lake Oswego survey about STRs; Portland Auditor on STRs

December, 2018Email from Thomas Lannom, Director, Portland Division of Revenue to Chair, Host2Host answering our questions about the proposed pass through registration process, currently at a standstill.

February, 2019: Meetup presentation by Tyler Wallace and Danny DeSelle from the Portland Revenue Division, outlining what is expected once the new data sharing process is in place.

February, 2019:  Survey ranks Portland top in US for best Airbnb hosts.  Steve Law, Portland Tribune, and KOIN6.

April, 2019:  Host2Host written testimony submitted to City of Lake Oswego on STR policy.

June, 2019: City Council Hearing on STR Registry and Pass-Through Registration Video: June 5 Hearing - Agenda Item 542 - all comments and testimony including Host2Host testimony - start at 2:40:00. The entire hearing on Item 542 goes to 3:08:00.

June 12, 2019 - Ordinance 189557 Transient Lodgings Tax Code (ASTR Registry) passed, requiring platforms to either establish Pass-Through Registration or limit listings to only those that are permitted (on the ASTR Registry).

September 4, 2019 - Airbnb and Portland sign agreement for Pass-Through Registration.

September 4, 2019 - Press Release summarizing the Airbnb-Portland agreement, also noting that Home Away-VRBO will not establish Pass-Through Registration, and will instead drop all listings that are not included in the ASTR Registry.

January 1, 2020 -  Portland requires Airbnb hosts to submit their licensing data by December 31, 2019 or be removed from the platform.

July 1, 2020 - Portland publishes a searchable STR Registry Map that lists all Short-Term Rentals recognized by the City.

October 5, 2020 - Host2Host publishes "Best Practice Suggestions for Short Term Rental Policy"

March 10, 2021 - Portland increases TID fee from 2% to 3%. To help Travel Portland post-pandemic.  The new rate takes effect July 1, 2021, regardless of when the booking occurs. Assume OTAs have this covered but Hosts who book direct take heed.



Member-only Advocacy Documents


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