Tag Archives: Landlord-Tenant

Small Landlord Exemption | Public Defenders  – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Currently, Portland landlords who own only one rental unit are exempt from having to pay relocation to renters whose contract is terminated without cause. Tenant activists would like to change that, and the city council is considering the change. Jamie Gerlitz and Lori Hellis, two solo practitioners in Bend who belong to the same consortium, […]
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‘Nonhabitable’ should be a housing option

“As if it were injustice to sell dearer than we buy; or to give more to a man than he merits. The value of all things contracted for, is measured by the appetite of the contractors: and therefore the just value, is that which they be contented to give” — Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, 1651.  “The […]
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Is bad housing really worse than no housing?

Who opposes reducing homelessness by allowing community organizations to provide rest stops or tiny houses? The people of the state of Oregon, that’s who. Source: Is bad housing really worse than no housing?

Tenant Advocates Are Determined to Bulldoze a State Senator Who Is Also a Landlord

Primary scuffles among Portland Democrats are uncommon. For the battle to be centered on an incumbent’s apartment complex is unheard of. Source: Tenant Advocates Are Determined to Bulldoze a State Senator Who Is Also a Landlord

Landlords appeal ruling upholding Portland tenant protections

Appeal filed after majority of City Council indictes it will not only renew but expand the protections later this year Two Portland landlords who challenged tenant protection policies adopted by the City Council in February have appealed a Multnomah County Circuit Court ruling that upheld their legality. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Landlords appeal ruling […]
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Marion County landlords adept at tapping state fund

When House Speaker Tina Kotek sought to outlaw discrimination against renters with Section 8 vouchers, she won acquiescence of the landlord lobby with a state fund set up just for them. Since it’s 2013 launch, the Housing Choice Landlord Guarantee fund has paid out $625,000 to landlords claiming that Section 8 renters damaged their units. […]
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Editorial: Renters’ bill is blocked in Legislature 

Compromises helped pave the way for legislative action this session on bills regarding workplace scheduling and pay equity. But another big piece of this year’s Democratic agenda — strengthening protections for renters — fell by the wayside in the final days of the session. It was a stinging defeat for Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, who […]
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The Oregon Legislature Pledged Serious Housing Reforms. How Lawmakers Fell Flat.

Rent control was always a long shot. But what happened to other tenant protections? The 2017 session of the Oregon Legislature concluded last week in a flurry of high-profile victories for Democrats, including a hike of the legal smoking age to 21 and health insurance coverage for undocumented immigrant children. What didn’t happen: serious housing […]
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Judge upholds Portland’s renter protections ordinance, but bill at Capitol dies

Advocates for renters in Portland celebrated a big legal victory Friday while at the same time, a major renters’ rights bill died in the Oregon Legislature. A judge ruled against property owners who sued to overturn new protections for tenants in the city of Portland. Landlords argued the protections are against state law. Source: Judge […]
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Tenant protections bill dies in Senate

A tenant protections bill — a chief priority for House Speaker Tina Kotek and several other Portland-area lawmakers — has died in the Senate. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Tenant protections bill dies in Senate