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The City of Portland, Oregon

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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4. What can the city do about rising rents? Why don’t we have rent control?

The City of Portland doesn’t have any legal authority to regulate private market rents. Rent Control, a tool used in other cities to cap how much private owners can increase rents, is prohibited by Oregon state law

As city government, here’s what we can do: Any time the Portland Housing Bureau invests money in rental housing – whether that’s constructing a new building or rehabilitating an existing one – we do two things to ensure it’s affordable:

1.) We require that most, if not all, of the units be offered at below-market rates, affordable to residents at lower income levels. 

2.) We enter into a legal agreement with the owner requiring that the property remain affordable at those income levels for 60 years. 

If you'd like more information on any of the Portland Housing Bureau's affordable rental housing, click here to email Karl Dinkelspiel or call him at 503-823-1354.