Monday, December 30, 2019
A round-up of the affordable housing positions of some of the US Democratic Presidential candidates is featured.
Monday, December 23, 2019
Three landlord members of Portland's Rental Services Commission quit due to renter advocate's hostility; Washington State Legislature likely to consider more tenant protections in 2020; the U.S. Supreme Court decides it's ok for the homeless to sleep outside when there are not enough shelter beds available.
Friday, December 20, 2019
Thursday, December 19, 2019
According to the sightline institute in its review of key report findings, millions of Americans would happily reduce their own carbon emissions by living smaller and closer in, with nicely insulated new windows and nice thick walls, if only local zoning allowed it.
Washington Legislature Could Consider Lifting Rent Control Ban, Eliminating No Cause Evictions in 2020
Monday, December 16, 2019
A Seattle City Council member proposes a ban on residential evictions during winter months; a recently built mixed-use development designed by the City of Portland faces increasing criticism as storefronts remain empty two years after opening, and a state of Oregon poll finds that residents believe their financial prospects will continue to improve.
Friday, December 13, 2019
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Beginning January 1, 2020, there are changes to Oregon Revised Statutes 90.295 relating to charging applicant screening fees.
The law now states: “A landlord may only require an applicant to pay a single applicant screening charge within any 60 day period, regardless of the number of rental units owned or managed by the landlord for which the applicant has applied to rent.”
Although this may be simple for landlords using only one set of screening criteria for all of their properties, it is much more complex for landlords with multiple screening criteria, especially when managing affordable housing. It also poses challenges for larger landlords managing many portfolios with applicants submitting applications at multiple sites. In those instances, we advise a company-wide system to allow for monitoring applications from various sources.
Additionally, rules governing screening charge refunds were clarified and are consistent with general industry practices. Landlords must refund applicant screening charges within a “reasonable time” if the landlord fills the vacant unit before screening the applicant or doesn’t screen the applicant. Landlords utilizing waitlists should refrain from processing screening charges until the applicant is the next available person on the waitlist.
Damages for failure to comply with this section are twice the amount paid by the applicant, plus $150. If you have any questions about your specific situation, please make sure you speak to an attorney to stay in compliance with this regulation.
NAA’s analysis shows that these policies decrease the housing supply, harm the condition of existing housing stock and lower property values, which leads to lower tax revenues. These policies ultimately limit job growth and negatively affect local economies.
Read the summary.
Read and download the full 9-page report.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Monday, December 9, 2019
This week: Portland developers could be required to provide public space with room for tents under new design guidelines; a 13-year-old 100-unit apartment building owned by the City of Portland evacuated 22 tenants fearing potential roof collapse, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper recently visited the Emerald City for a special report on homelessness.
Friday, December 6, 2019
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Monday, December 2, 2019
Portland, Oregon's robust 2019 economy and the forecast for 2020 is discussed in this podcast with local expert Christian Kaylor of the Oregon Employment Department.