From A to B – Unpacking Portland’s Competing Referendum Questions on Short-Term Rentals
Question A, proposed by a group of short-term rental operators, aims to prevent business owners from registering short-term rentals. Question B, one of the questions proposed by the Maine Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, would reduce the number of short-term rentals. Both groups oppose the other’s proposal, and a third group, Enough Is Enough, opposes both – and all other questions on the ballot. What effect do short-term rentals have on the Portland rental market? How important are short term rentals to our local economy? Join us for answers to these questions and more.
Editor of the Press Herald Siobhan Brett will sit with Chris Korzen, British Vitalius and Wes Pelletier to talk more about this issue.
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On the panel:
Chris Korzen is an entrepreneur, landlord, and former political activist who has called Portland home for the past twenty years. He currently leads software engineering for a national payments company and is co-owner of a manufacturing company based in the Old Port. Chris lives in the India Street neighborhood of Portland.
Brit Vitalius founded Vitalius Real Estate Group in 2011 as a boutique agency in Portland. He was president for more than a decade of the Rental Housing Alliance of Southern Maine (formerly the Southern Maine Landlord Association), a local non-profit group of rental housing providers from across the industry. He is a founding member of the Quality Housing Coalition, is president of the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce, and co-chair of the LPAC committee of the Greater Portland Board of Realtors. Brit personally owns apartment buildings in Portland and hosts three short-term rental units.
Wes Pelletier is a permanent Maine resident and community organizer serving as Maine DSA Chair for a Livable Portland Campaign. Maine DSA is a member-run, member-funded organization that focuses on the intersectional struggle for affordable housing, labor solidarity, reproductive rights, and environmental justice statewide.
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