Portland’s Short-Term Rental Rules Are Such a Joke That an Airbnb Employee Ignores Them - Willamette Week

This is so gross.

Add the owner of Mississippi studios to the pile of unethical landlords, with 3936 M Michigan.

“If you take thousands of units off the market, it’s going to have an impact,“ says Commissioner Nick Fish. "People now have the option of making more money renting to short-term rather than long-term tenants. We have, in effect, created an incentive.”

City Hall welcomed Airbnb in 2014, making Portland the nation’s first city to legitimize the short-term rental marketplace by levying lodging taxes on it.

The city requires Airbnb hosts to live in any house that’s rented for less than 30 nights at a time and allows hosts to rent out an entire house for 90 days a year. Generally, no more than two bedrooms can be rented.

Related: Data on Airbnb shows the company’s impact on Portland.

“That’s how we were trying to make sure we didn’t lose a bunch of housing stock that would otherwise be available,” says Mike Liefeld, enforcement program manager for the Bureau of Development Services.

City inspectors still rely on a complaint-driven system to identify offenders. About 79 percent of the 3,500 Portland listings on Airbnb don’t have city permits, according to data provided by the city and Murray Cox of the tech website Inside Airbnb.

In 2015, WW reported that dozens of Airbnb clients were ignoring city rules by listing multiple short-term rentals—sometimes while living out of state (“Hotel California,” WW, Feb. 17, 2015). A recent examination by Cox shows the problem has persisted even after repeated deadlines from the city and the threat of fines to the company.

Related: Portland Says Deadline for Airbnb Hosts to Get City Permits is Feb. 20, 2015

In one example, one woman has 22 listings all clustered near Northeast Alberta Street, none of them giving a city permit number, according to data from Inside Airbnb.


Pic #1: my 90 year old grandma sent me a table cloth that she embroidered lavendar all around the border. It is beautiful💜

Pic #2: my other grandma sent me a muumuu that’s big enough to be a tablecloth. I’m going to regift it to my MIL for Christmas. She’s about 4'9" tall and maybe a 100 pounds. She’ll fucking love it though. This picture is atrocious, but I took it to send to my SIL, because we joke about the duck lips one of our mutual friends always does on FB. The mutual friend is way too old to do duck lips.

Arp 286: Trio in Virgo : A remarkable telescopic composition in yellow and blue, this scene features a trio of interacting galaxies almost 90 million light-years away, toward the constellation Virgo. On the right, two, spiky, foreground Milky Way stars echo the trio galaxy hues, a reminder that stars in our own galaxy are like those in the distant island universes. With sweeping spiral arms and obscuring dust lanes, NGC 5566 is enormous, about 150,000 light-years across. Just above it lies small, blue NGC 5569. Near center, the third galaxy, NGC 5560, is multicolored and apparently stretched and distorted by its interaction with NGC 5566. The galaxy trio is also included in Halton Arp’s 1966 Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies as Arp 286. Of course, such cosmic interactions are now appreciated as a common part of the evolution of galaxies. via NASA


10 Vogue Covers over the past 90 Years

Vogue 1927- Artist’s sketch

Vogue 1936- Beauty Queen and Movie Star Helen Bennett

Vogue 1940- Model’s Unknown

Vogue 1950- Artist’s Rendering

Vogue 1961- Model Unknown

Vogue 1970- Charlotte Rampling

Vogue 1988- Cindy Crawford

Vogue 1992- Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere

Vogue 2002- Angelina Jolie

Vogue 2011- Charlize Theron