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Mon Jan 30, 2017, 10:55 AM

Portland city council to consider requiring landlords to pay tenant relocation costs

The City Council will consider requiring landlords to pay relocation assistance ranging from $2,900 to $4,500 to tenants who are evicted without cause on Thursday.

The payments would also be required to tenants who chose to move if their rent is increased 10 percent or more over 12 months.

The ordinance to amend the City Code was introduced by Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly in response the city's affordable housing crisis. It is expected to be supported by affordable housing advocated and opposed by landlords and organizations representing them.

Attorney John DiLorenzo, who had represented landlords in the past, has said the new requirement violates the statewide ban on local rent control measures. The 2017 Oregon Legislature is expected to consider repealing the ban. An opinion issued last year by the Legislative Counsel says local governments can already require tenants to pay relocation assistance, however.

Read more: http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/342454-222651-council-to-consider-requiring-landlords-to-pay-tenant-relocation-costs

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