Friday, December 30, 2016
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Oregon housing providers' proposal to create a $25 million renter assistance program.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
HFO's Cody Vaz provides an update on the apartment market in the Willamette Valley.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
The American Apartment Owners Association recently put together the infographic below for landlords regarding mold remediation as well as mold prevention. While the weather is wet and grey in the Portland metro area, these are great tips to keep in mind!
Monday, December 12, 2016
Friday, December 9, 2016
Thursday, December 8, 2016
At Sunday's Oregon Leadership Summit, a breakout session to discuss housing affordability highlighted the challenges the state is facing when it comes to mitigating costs to homeowners and renters. The Portland Business Journal reported that ECONorthwest Senior Economist Mike Wilkerson was prepared with "stacks of data" showing that Portland has under-built residential units, a fact that has contributed greatly to the affordability crisis. He also pointed out that 90% of economists agree that rent control is not a solution for issues of access and affordability. Read more.
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.