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Portland to discuss whether or not to implement new rules on short-term rentals

The city of Portland will discuss whether or not it should implement new rules on short-term rentals. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- The city of Portland will discuss whether or not it should implement new rules on short-term rentals.

Last month, South Portland city councilors decided to let voters make the decision on short-term rental rules in the city.

Now Portland city councilors will be discussing the future of proposed policy changes regarding short-term rentals Thursday night.

The proposal would put more restrictions on short-term rentals in Portland.

The Housing Committee will be considering new rules that would increase registration fees and the number of documents needed to restrict the number of rentals in individual city neighborhoods allowing only one unit a year and reinforce a 300-unit cap on rentals that are not owner-occupied.

There are currently 781 short-term rentals, which are units that can be rented for less than 30 days at a time.

Of those rentals, 60 percent were registered by owners who used them as a primary residence and about 21 percent were registered by people who owned the units but did not live in them.

The remaining units were registered by people on Casco Bay islands which do not have to follow the same rules as the city.

There would also be a requirement for owners to report which service they plan to advertise on like Airbnb, VRBO, or Home Away.

The public is encouraged to attend Thursday’s meeting at council chambers at 5:30 p.m.

The proposals will be discussed and those in attendance will get a chance to weigh in.

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