PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — New rules to help protect renters in Portland went into effect Friday.
Landlords must give month-to-month tenants at least 90 days notice for a no-cause eviction. Tenants must also get 90 days notice if rent is increasing by 5% or more.
With more than 100,000 rental units in Portland, how can this new ordinance be enforced?
KOIN 6 News looked into the ordinance and found out if a landlord doesn’t comply with the 90 day notice, a tenant must take them to court. After that, landlords can be liable for an amount up to three months rent, as well as actual damages, attorney fees and costs.
There are some exceptions to the new rules. If a person is renting a room in a landlord’s home, or renting week-to-week, landlords are only required to give 30 days notice. That increases to 60 days if the tenant has lived there a year or more.
City officials said they wanted to do more, but their hands are tied by state law.
For more information about renters rights, tenants can contact the Community Alliance of Tenants.