The Emerald City prepared a draft ordinance for Airbnb and other short-term rental use properties. In the future, key requirements may include a short-term rental license and restrictions to keep the license in force. 

With the explosive growth of short-term rental properties, communities are struggling to find common ground short-term rental laws. 

We’ve found a theme of requirements including rental limits, owner-occupancy, licensure, and insurance requirements. Eugene’s current Airbnb law draft includes the following:

3.350 Short-Term Rental Requirements:

  1. An owner of the short-term rental shall reside on the same tax lot as the short-term rental for a minimum of 270 days per calendar year.
  2. At all times, for each short-term rental, the licensee shall maintain a current, accurate record in the form of a guest registry that includes the number of guests and the dates they occupied the short-term rental. The guest registry shall be maintained for a minimum of three years from the date of the short-term rental occupancy.
  3. At all times, basic health and safety features shall be provided for guests within each short-term rental, including operable fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors. 
  4. At all times, each short-term rental shall be covered by liability insurance with minimum limits of not less than $500,000.

The City may also enforce restrictions on the length of stay. If the owner is on the premises, there would be no rental limit. If the host doesn’t reside on the premises guests can stay for a maximum of 90 days per calendar year.

Currently, Airbnb hosts are required to remit hotel taxes for their short-term rental properties. The draft ordinance is still under review for the regulations discussed above. 

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