Portland City Council recently passed a controversial rental assistance bill that effective immediately requires landlords to pay for relocation fees when evicting tenants without cause. This temporary law will be in place until October, or potentially longer if City Council votes to extend Portland’s housing emergency.
Portland City Council unanimously approved a controversial rental assistance measure last week that would require landlords to pay between $2,900 to $4,500 to tenants evicted without cause, who do not have a lease renewal, or who move after rents have been raised by 10 percent or more in a single year.
Landlords had filed suit seeking a stay to prevent the ordinance from taking effect while the case was argued. However, the ordinance was sent back to the state courts after a federal judge ruled that it was too late for the court to prevent the ordinance from taking effect. The merits of the lawsuit will now be argued in state court. The measure was passed as part of the housing emergency, giving it immediate effect. Currently, the housing emergency is scheduled to lapse in October so the ordinance would expire then as well. However, if City Council votes to extend Portland’s housing emergency, the relocation ordinance could be extended as well.