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Portland Housing Bureau

Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-2375

fax: 503-823-2387

421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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Reasonable Equivalency

As per Administrative Rules, applicants are expected to make Inclusionary Housing Units “reasonably equivalent” to Market Rate Units. PHB will assess reasonable equivalency using the following criteria:

  1. Bedroom Distribution and Unit Count. IH Units must be provided at the same ratio within the development as Market Rate Units. Example of 20 percent IH Units: total units = 100; Market Rate Units = 80; IH Units = 20; Market Rate Unit bedroom distribution = 20 studios (25%), 40 one-bedrooms (50%), 20 two-bedrooms (25%); the IH Unit distribution would be: 5 studios, 10 one-bedrooms and 5 two-bedrooms. Any calculations resulting in less than a whole number shall be rounded up from .5 and above or down from .4 or below, but the total number of IH Units must still equal the designated percentage for the IH Program option selected.
  2. Unit Sizes. IH Units must be at least 90 percent the size of the average of the total units with the same bedroom count, as measured in square feet.
  3. Unit Distribution. No more than 25 percent of the total units on any floor shall be designated as IH Units, excluding the top floor of a development.
  4. Unit Amenities. IH Units must have like or equal performing finishes and appliances as far as durability and sustainability to the Market Rate Units, which will be certified by a development’s architect prior to receiving its final certificate of occupancy.