Rental Registration

Registration is due beginning January 1, 2016 or within thirty (30) days of renting a property. The registration fee is $35 per individually dwelling unit, rented room or bed less any discounts. Failure to register may result in a fine. 
 
 Fee discounts are available.

Registering your residential property is important and is used to communicate with you to resolve tenant issues in your buildings, contact you in an emergency and to schedule an inspection with you.  Your registration payment funds an ongoing rental inspection program.
   

HOW DO I REGISTER?


Completing a registration for residential rental property includes:
 
  1. Providing contact information ONLINE, or by using a downloadable fillable PDF FORM returned by email, fax, mail, or in person.   
    • Register ONLINE using a step-by-step webpage process; or
    • Register using a downloadable fillable PDF FORM which can be submitted by email, fax, mail, or in person.
  2. Submitting documentation for discounts you might be requesting; and
  3. Paying for your registration.
For more information about registration or to download the registration form visit the Housing Safety Office in Room 26 of City Hall, call (207) 756-8131

After the registration information has been verified, an invoice for payment will be sent by email to the party certifying registration. Once you receive your invoice, you have the option to pay the fee online. 

Discount Documentation


Submit your Discount Documents by mail, email to housingsafety@portlandmaine.gov or in person

Payment
Pay the Registration Fee Online (link to MuniciPAY) or mail your check to Housing Safety Office, Rm 26, City Hall, 389 Congress Street, Portland Maine 04101 or pay in person.  Reference your Registration Number or Chart, Block and Lot Number when you make your payment. 

Checks made payable to the CITY OF PORTLAND


Note: Owners and property managers that would like to register multiple properties should contact the housing safety office for detailed instructions on how to do so.

Guidance on Rental Units


A residential rental unit can be a rented apartment, house, condominium, or rented individual room.  A rental can be for any length of time including: 
  • Written leased residential rentals or month-to-month residential rentals; or
  • Short-term rentals such as:
    • Summer vacation rentals or winter rentals; or
    • Overnight lodging and casual rentals such as AirBNB and irregular room or apartment rentals.  Overnight lodging where the State has issued a food service license and as a result has inspected the property for life-safety is exempt from registering.
Note: Owners occupying a unit on their own property are not required to register the unit they occupy, but must register the units that are rented.