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30.01.085 Portland Renter Additional Protections.

(Added by Ordinance No. 187380, effective November 13, 2015.)

A.  In addition to the protections set forth in the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, the following additional protections apply to Tenants that have a Rental Agreement for Premises covered by the Act. For purposes of this chapter, capitalized terms have the meaning set forth in the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.

B.  A Landlord may terminate a Rental Agreement without a cause specified in the Act only by delivering a written notice of termination to the Tenant of (a) not less than 90 days before the termination date designated in that notice as calculated under the Act; or (b) the time period designated in the Rental Agreement, whichever is longer. This requirement does not apply to Rental Agreements for week-to-week tenancies or to Tenants that occupy the same Dwelling Unit as the Landlord.

C.  A Landlord may not increase a Tenant's Rent or Associated Housing Costs by 5 percent or more over a 12 month period unless the Landlord gives notice in writing to each affected Tenant: (a) at least 90 days prior to the effective date of the rent increase; or (b) the time period designated in the Rental Agreement, whichever is longer. Such notice must specify the amount of the increase, the amount of the new Rent or Associated Housing Costs and the date, as calculated under the Act, when the increase becomes effective.

D.   A Landlord that fails to comply with any of the requirements set forth in this Section 30.01.085 shall be liable to the Tenant for an amount up to three months Rent as well as actual damages, reasonable attorney fees and  costs  (collectively,  "Damages"). Any Tenant claiming to be aggrieved by a Landlord's noncompliance with the foregoing has a cause of action in any court of competent jurisdiction for Damages and such other remedies as may be appropriate.