Portland, Oregon is rapidly moving from being a tenant friendly government, to a government that is outright hostile to landlords.
In Fall 2015, the City of Portland passed Ordinance 187380, “Amend Affordable Housing Preservation Code to add Portland Renter Protections (Ordinance; amend Code Chapter 30.01).” The ordinance made two changes to landlord/tenant law in Portland.
- The required notice a landlord must give a tenant with less than one year of occupancy for a no cause termination of tenancy is now 60 days
- The required notice a landlord must give a tenant with one year or more of occupancy for a no cause termination of tenancy is now 90 days
- Landlords are required to give tenants 90 days’ notice of any rent increase that exceeds 5% in a 12 month period
For landlords that may only own one or two properties, and who are not professional property managers, this makes it more difficult to evict problem tenants. Evicting a tenant ‘for cause’ for any cause other than non payment of rent is extremely difficult and time consuming. No cause terminations provide landlords a relatively easy way to get rid of problem tenants without having to document and prove every lease violation.