Wednesday, December 7, 2016
The Willamette Week published a profile of Margot Black this morning, detailing her connection with newly elected Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, as well as her history as a tenant and activist in Portland. It also highlights her successes in shaming landlords and her goal of enacting an immediate rent freeze in Portland. At the end of the article, Black declares her intention to challenge Commissioner Fish in 2018. Read more.
State Audit Finds Oregon Housing and Community Services Suffers from Lack of Communication, Data Management, Written Policies
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Portland landlord Landon Marsh wrote an editorial opinion for the Rental Housing Journal discussing the action taken against him by Tenants United since he raised rents at his 12-unit apartment building on SE Ash Street a few months ago. He explains that he raised rents to market value after making upgrades to the property that had been requested by tenants, and goes on to discuss the issues faced by smaller operators who make up 80% of the owners of Portland rental properties. Read more.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Read Joe Cortright's article on City Observatory
Read the working paper on rent controls in Berlin
Friday, December 2, 2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016
A new study put out by ABODO, a residential research organization, suggests that Portland is not growing as rapidly as is frequently reported. While the number of people moving to the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro metro area equaled 7.28% of the population in 2015, 6.6% of the population actually moved out of the area, resulting in a net gain of only .91%. The report ranks Portland 13th in the country for net migration. Read more.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016