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The Portland City Council voted Wednesday to legalize short-term rentals in single-family homes, giving added legitimacy to rental websites such as Airbnb. Mayor Charlie Hales and the city commissioners said they want Portland to be active in the “sharing economy.” Commissioner Steve Novick said, “I have concerns about having unregulated, untaxed competitors of a regulated, taxed industry operating in the city, which has been happening.” Airbnb, the popular online company based in San Francisco, agreed to collect lodging taxes and has been doing so since July 1st.



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