City Updates Interpretation of “Rent Control” Ordinance

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The City of Portland late this afternoon released additional clarification to its official interpretation of the Rent Control Ordinance, passed by voters on November 3, 2020.  The City first released its guidelines on December 4th.  In response to questions received from members of the public, the City has provided clarification that the Rent Control Ordinance applies to both long-term and short-term rentals.  As such, short-term renters will have to submit newly-required information annually, abide by the caps placed on rent increases and follow many of the other mandates outlined in the Ordinance.

A communication on this topic appears on the Council’s January 20, 2021 meeting agenda.  The FAQ’s on the City’s website have been updated to reflect this clarification.  The City does recommend that members of the public requiring additional clarification or guidance, contact an attorney.

The development of a process by which to collect the newly required information from landlords is nearing completion.

Landlords will be able to submit information to the City either online, via email or by mail.  These options have all been standardized to facilitate data collection, as well as evaluation by the newly created Rent Board.  It is expected that these new processes will be available on the City’s website in February 2021.

Landlords will be notified of these resources by mail in February as well.  While this information was due on January 1, 2021, staff has waived late fees until April 1, 2021 in recognition of the unavoidable delay in implementation.

(On the upcoming agenda of the city council there are requests from the City Council to approve appointments to several boards.  However, there is no mention of approval of nominations for members of the newly created Rent Board.  No reason is given for this omission).

For more background information on the Rent Board, please visit posts herein dated December 20, 2020, December 7, 2020 and June 20, 2020.