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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November 17, 2021 Host2Host’s influence on the Portland Travel Industry

Shannon Hiller-Webb, Host2Host representative on the Travel Portland Board presented the following overview at Host2Host’s Annual Member’s Meeting – Nov 17, 2021

October 4, 2021 - An Analysis of Short-Term Rental and Hotel Tax Receipts for Portland, Oregon - October 2018 through June 2021, published by Robert Jordon, Host2Host Board Member and Advocacy Committee Chair. 

May 18, 2021 - North Tabor Neighborhood Association (Portland, OR) meeting. Robert Hertert, Host2Host President, gives first talk about Host2Host and STR benefits to North Tabor Neighborhood Association. Starts at minute 21:48. Go to minute 44:55.

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.

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

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

Earlier Advocacy Documents

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