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Rising Interest Rates, High Home Prices Will Keep Portland Renting in 2017

Reports from CoStar, the Portland Tribune, and the Portland Business Journal this week indicate that a variety of forces are likely to keep Portland residents renting. CoStar's analysis of the effect...

Portland's Low Vacancy Rates the Biggest Threat to Renters

Portland for Everyone recently reported on Portland's new ordinance requiring landlords to pay relocation costs after no-cause evictions or rent increases greater than 10%. They argue that this...

When Elected Leaders Don't Invite Stakeholders to the Table, This Happens:

Someone put together a highlight reel from the 6 hour public hearing on the new ordinance requiring landlords to pay relocation fees. Watch: HFO Investment Real Estate specializes in multifamily...

The Reality of Rent Control [Video]

HFO Investment Real Estate specializes in multifamily brokerage sales and advisory services for investors and apartment owners throughout the Pacific Northwest. Build your legacy at...

Landlords Lose Request for Temporary Restraining Order Against City of Portland

Federal Judge Michael Simon of the U.S. District Court of Oregon denied a petition for stay of the City of Portland relocation assistance ordinance yesterday, saying it was "too late" as the...

Multifamily Development Pipeline Dries Up In Response to New City Zoning Requirements

The Daily Journal of Commerce [subscription required] reports that Portland architectural firms are now running completely out of design work for multifamily projects. According to local developers...

Author of "Evicted": For Designing Policy, "Landlords Have to Be at That Table"

The Oregonian published an interview with Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. His book was chosen by the director of the Multnomah County Library for...

Portland Tenant United Founder: "Homegrown Oregon Landlords Tend to be White and Racist"

Landlords were described as White Racists yesterday morning on KATU's "Your Voice Your Vote" on Sunday, February 12th, by Portland Tenant United founder Margo Black. Click here to watch. HFO...

Affordable Housing Data Will Not Be Available in Time for Legislative Session

After being called out in an audit in December, the Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) agency has stated they will not be able to complete a statewide affordable housing inventory until...

Tenant Advocates Pressuring State Senators to Lift Rent Control Ban

The Willamette Week reports that while a majority of Oregon State Senators do not currently support lifting the statewide ban on rent control, tenant advocates are putting pressure on senators...

Tenant Groups Targeting the Wrong People

Landlords are the wrong target in the need for more affordable housing. The reason housing prices are up is because the City is not processing permits fast enough and not encouraging development of...

Oregon Voters Deserve Research-Backed Solutions from Lawmakers

By Jennifer Shuch and Greg FrickHFO Investment Real Estate This is the full text of an article by Jennifer Shuch, HFO Research Analyst, and Greg Frick, Partner. A shortened version of the article...

Tina Kotek Interview on Rent Control in the Oregonian

The Oregonian interviewed Tina Kotek about why she wants to end the ban on rent control, as well as what she envisions for a "rent stabilization" program. In the interview she claims there is no...

Ordinance Requiring Landlords to Pay Relocation Costs Passes in Portland

A city ordinance requiring landlords to pay relocation costs for tenants facing no-cause evictions or rent raises greater than 10% was passed unanimously by the Portland City Council on Thursday...

Where Housing Providers Can Donate

Housing providers in Portland and throughout Oregon who do not support allowing rent control or an end to non-renewals of leases ("no-cause evictions") can make contributions in two ways. 1) The...

Unintended Consequences of Proposed Renter Relocation Policy

In response to the proposed requirement for landlords to pay $2,900-$4,500 to tenants who face no-cause evictions or 10% rent hikes, John DiLorenzo and the Equitable Housing PAC are warning the city...

Upcoming Housing Decisions for Portland in 2017

With mandatory inclusionary zoning set to take effect this week, many Portland residents are wondering what the city's next steps will be to address affordability issues and housing shortages. In...

Census: Portland/Vancouver Vacancy Rate Falls to Nation's Fourth Lowest

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the rental vacancy rate for the Portland-Vancouver- Hillsboro metro area was 3.1% for the fourth quarter of 2016 - the nation's fourth lowest. Greater Portland's...

Homelessness, Affordable Housing at Top of City and State Legislative Agendas

The Portland City Council and Oregon State Legislature have adopted agendas for 2017, and both have made tackling homelessness and increasing housing affordability their top issues. The State...

Video Surveillance Increasingly Used in Disputes over Rent-Controlled Apartments

The American Bar Association reports that video surveillance of tenants is increasingly being used in court to prove that rent controlled units aren't being used by the actual tenants. Read more. HFO...