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Newsroom Live: Short-Term Rentals
Join us for the panel discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 6:00 p.m.

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, seeks to limit corporate 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 every other question on the ballot. How much of an effect do short-term rentals have on Portland's rental market? How important are short-term rentals to our local economy? Join us for answers to these questions and many more.

Sep 28, 2022 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Chris Korzen
Chris Korzen is an entrepreneur, homeowner, and former political activist who has called Portland home for the past twenty years. He currently directs software engineering for a national payments company and co-owns a manufacturing business based in the Old Port. Chris lives in Portland's India Street neighborhood.
Brit Vitalius
Founder @Vitalius Real Estate Group
Brit founded Vitalius Real Estate Group in 2011 as a boutique agency in Portland. He has served for more than a decade as President 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, serves as President of the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce, and co-chairs the Greater Portland Board of Realtors LPAC Committee. Brit personally owns apartment buildings in Portland and hosts three short term rental units.
Wes Pelletier
Chair @Maine DSA for a Livable Portland
Wes Pelletier is a lifelong Maine resident and community organizer serving as the Chair of the Maine DSA for a Livable Portland campaign. Maine DSA is a member-run, member-funded organization focusing on the intersectional fight for affordable housing, labor solidarity, reproductive rights, and environmental justice throughout the state.
Siobhán Brett
Opinion Editor @Portland Press Herald