Commissioner Dan Saltzman Proposes New Protections for Portland Renters
(September 16, 2015) – City Commissioner Dan Saltzman announced today he will introduce new tenant protections for Portland renters.
“Portland renters need additional protections,” stated Saltzman. “Our city is experiencing record low vacancy rates coupled with record high rents, creating the perfect storm of housing uncertainty for many Portland families.”
Commissioner Saltzman will introduce protections for Portland renters by increasing the notification time that renters have for “no cause evictions”. Currently renters who have rented for less than a year only receive 30 days notice if a landlord chooses to terminate their tenancy for no cause - the new proposed Portland policy would increase this notice to 90 days.
“Many families are getting notices to vacate their rental housing with just 30 day notice and that’s just not enough time for them to find a new place to live, let alone try to keep their kids in the same school,” stated Saltzman.
The proposed renter protections would also increase the notification time when a landlord raises rents by more than 10 percent in a 12-month period. “Renters need more advance notice of rental increases, 30 days is hardly adequate for renters to budget for the exorbitant rental increases many families are facing,” Saltzman said.
“Dan is right. Protections for renters are entwined in the city’s values of equity and affordability. I applaud his proposals,” stated Mayor Charlie Hales.
Commissioner Saltzman will introduce the proposed renter protections next month at a City Council hearing.