The City of Portland recently made changes to the relocation assistance ordinance. This ordinance mandates a payment from the landlord when an end of tenancy notice is served or if rent is raised 10% or more resulting in the tenant leaving. According to Multifamily NW:
Related to rent increases, the tenant can now submit their “request for relocation assistance” within the first 45 days of the rent increase notice period. The landlord is then obligated to pay the relocation assistance within 31 calendar days after receiving the tenant’s request.After the tenant receives the relocation assistance, the tenant has six months from the effective date of the rental increase to either:
- Pay back the relocation assistance and remain in the dwelling unit (paying raised rent amount)
- Provide landlord with notice to terminate the rental agreementThe council voted that a written disclosure of “the foregoing terms and conditions regarding the tenants’ rights and obligations regarding the relocation assistance” ought to be included with the payment of relocation assistance to the tenant.Mayor Wheeler also announced his intent to create the Renter, Owner Services Advisory Commission (ROSACK) within the Portland Housing Bureau. It will advise on issues of rental housing law and regulations, landlord/tenant programs and services, and provide a forum for public input on rental housing.The Council also voted Thursday to reestablish the emergency clause for this relocation assistance ordinance. Currently it’s due to expire (renew) by October 6th.
- Portland Housing Bureau’s guide to relocation assistance
- City of Portland’s Demystifying the Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance
- City of Portland FAQ
- FAQ by law firm Bittner and Hahs (updated Feb 2)