Local Eviction Moratoria

Oregon Last month the Oregon legislature voted to extend the state’s eviction moratorium through the end of June 2021. This means that if tenants cannot pay their rent landlords cannot evict them until at least July. But these tenant protections are not automatic. In order to be protected from eviction tenants must…

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Rent Control Passes Senate Committee

“Oregonians cannot afford to wait another year … They are losing their housing now,” said House Speaker Tina Kotek. Kotek is a key lawmaker pushing forward Senate Bill 608 — the bill that would bring state-wide rent control to Oregon. Monday, the bill passed through the Oregon Senate’s Housing Committee sending it…

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Larger Fines Coming for Illegal Short-Term Rentals in Portland

In an effort to curb the growth in illegal short-term rentals, Portland’s Bureau of Development Services (BDS) has decided to impose larger fines and remove the grace period formerly afforded to homeowners running afoul of the law. Currently, homeowners hoping to rent out rooms in their home (or separate rentals) on platforms like…

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Oregon Legislature Lifts 17-Year-Old Ban on Inclusionary Zoning

Last week the Oregon Legislature approved a number of housing bills aimed at addressing the lack of affordable housing throughout the state. The most significant for Portland is Senate Bill 1533 which lifts a 17-year-old ban on inclusionary zoning. Inclusionary zoning is the practice of cities and counties requiring developers to include…

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