PSU student riled by mid-year rent increase

College Housing Northwest is not affiliated with PSU and states they are "subsidized student housing"

PSU student Travis Hoffman inside his Goose Hollow apartment, Dec. 9, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
PSU student Travis Hoffman inside his Goose Hollow apartment, Dec. 9, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — As he goes about his morning in his two-bedroom, 750-square foot apartment at the Goose Hollow apartments, Travis Hoffman is still brooding over the rent increase notice he recently received.

The website for the Goose Hollow Apartments, SW 16th and Clay, states  it provides “convenient, subsidized student housing at below-market rental rates.”

The Goose Hollow Apartments, SW 16th and Clay, Dec. 9, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
The Goose Hollow Apartments, SW 16th and Clay, Dec. 9, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Hoffman, a student at Portland State University, said he was shocked at the rent increase, especially in the middle of the school year. A representative for Portland State University told KOIN 6 News they have no official relationship with College Housing Northwest, which is the landlord for the Goose Hollow Apartments.

College Housing Northwest informed Hoffman his rent in the tower building at 16th and Clay is going up 15% — from $1025 a month to $1180 beginning next month.

“I have financial aid that’s allocated for these expenses and unless I want to get more student loans or find more work or get more hours I’m going to have to figure out how to pay for it,” he told KOIN 6 News.

“There is a revenue issue they’re trying to fix, that they feel rent was not increased high enough and now that they’re doing the jump it should smooth itself out,” Hoffman said. “But for all the current tenants we’re all getting a huge increase.”

Scott Gallagher, the PSU director of communications, said, “For PSU-specific housing we are constantly trying to evaluate the needs of the student. And PSU student-owned housing is not undergoing a rent increase.”

Officials with College Housing Northwest have not yet responded to a request for a comment from KOIN 6 News.

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