Hundreds of Oregon residents who lost their homes in the Almeda and South Obenchain fires are currently housed in FEMA trailers. Now, with few housing alternatives in the Rogue Valley and slow wildfire recovery, these residents are being asked to pay market-rate rent.
The city of Portland is back in court this week defending a four-year-old city rule that requires landlords pay renters’ moving fees if they significantly increase rent or issue an eviction notice without cause.
On Wednesday, City Council will vote on awarding a $150,000 contract to Portland-based nonprofit Resolutions Northwest to provide mediation services for landlords and tenants in a conflict that would traditionally lead to eviction filings. The votes comes before an anticipated flood of evictions when the state's COVID-19 eviction moratorium expires this summer.
Portlanders who move out of their homes due to a small increase in their rent over the next six months will have their relocation expenses covered under new protections passed by the City Council Wednesday.