Tag Archives: Landlord-Tenant

Editorial: Council should ignore latest loopiness from Portland

The Bend Council knows the community has an affordable housing problem, and it has worked hard to help correct the situation. Sometimes the results have been good, sometimes less so. Put some of the nuttier ideas to come out of the Portland City Council — including the city’s 90-day eviction notice ordinance — fall into […]
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In expensive cities, rents fall for the rich — but rise for the poor

A boom in construction for the high end of the market comes as prices continue to rise for the poorest. U.S. cities struggling with soaring housing costs have found some success in lowering rents this year, but that relief has not reached the renters most at risk of losing their housing. Nationally, the pace of […]
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Landlords prep for new fights with Portland City Hall, Oregon Legislature

Three powerful landlord groups have joined to run what they say must be an all-out multimillion-dollar campaign to stop the Portland City Council and the Oregon Legislature from enacting “radical” tenant protections they say would jeopardize their livelihoods. Source: Landlords prep for new fights with Portland City Hall, Oregon Legislature | OregonLive.com

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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