06 Oct Portland ‘housing emergency’ and renter protections up for extension at Portland City Council
Portland’s officially declared “housing emergency” does not have a clear end in sight.
The emergency declaration, initially instituted by the Portland City Council two years ago to lessen barriers to abating the city’s affordable housing crisis, was scheduled to sunset at the end of the month. But the council is poised to extend it Wednesday for the second time.
The five-member council also will vote whether to extend a renter protection policy that would run out Friday without council action. That policy requires landlords to pay $2,900 to $4,500 in relocation costs to tenants who they evict without cause or who have to leave as the result of a rent increase of 10 percent or more.
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