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Portland Landlords Appeal Renter Relocation Decision

Two Portland landlords will continue their legal challenge to an ordinance that requires them to help pay relocation expenses for their tenants in some situations.

Phillip Owen and Michael Feves are appealing a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge’s ruling that dismissed their lawsuit and upheld Portland’s new law.

The ordinance in question allows tenants to collect up to $4,500 when landlords use no-cause evictions or raise rents more than 10 percent in a year.

The landlords argue that the ordinance violates a statewide ban on rent control.

The lawsuit is funded by a broader coalition of apartment owners with the group Multifamily Northwest.

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