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Oregon Lawmaker Calls for Allocating Funds for Enforcement of Fair Housing Laws

State Senator Shemia Fagan is proposing new legislation with Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle that would allocate $299,000 to hire a prosecutor and four staff members charged with investigating...

Bills in Washington Legislature Would Re-Legalize Multi-Unit Buildings in Single Family Neighborhoods

Two bills in the Washington Legislature - HB 2780 and SB 6536 - would re-legalize small plex buildings in single family neighborhoods. Oregon passed similar legislation (HB 2001) last year,...

ECONorthwest & Up For Growth: Washington State Underbuilt by 225,000 Housing Units

In a study released this month, ECONorthwest and Up for Growth reported that Washington State underbuilt by 225,000 housing units, which contributed to the current housing crisis. Read the full...

Report: Rents Climbed in 2019 but Oregon Rents are Below the National Average

A new report by Rent Cafe showed that rent in Oregon cities is lower than the national average.  Rent cafe offers a year-end summary for Oregon here and Seattle metro here.HFO Investment Real...

City Observatory: Complete List of "Causes" of Gentrification

Joe Cortright at the City Observatory blog published an exhaustive list of gentrification scapegoats, including links to sources where these supposed causes have been linked to gentriciation. While...

Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - January 20, 2020

This week – Both Washington and Oregon’s 2020 legislative sessions will begin with lawmakers prioritizing plans to reduce homelessness; San Francisco considers limiting construction of new office...

RentCafe December Rent Report Finds Strong Rent Gains along I-5 Corridor in Oregon

RentCafe released its year end rent report for Oregon, which highlights the change in rents during the month of December. Eugene, Salem, and Albany saw the highest rent increases month over month –...

Mayoral Candidate Sarah Iannarone Releases Housing Plan

Portland Mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone released a housing platform she calls Housing for All, in which she calls for a "collaborative, community-based approach to housing." She argues that...

HFO Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - January 13, 2020

The Wall Street Journal criticizes Oregon’s housing shortage as a state and local government failure; The Portland Design Commission strikes language from a code revision that would have required...

HFO Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - January 6, 2020

In the past decade, Oregon’s economy boomed while the production of housing reached record low levels; a California newspaper investigates how France is working to fix the Paris housing crisis, where...

WSJ Editorial Board: Oregon's Housing Shortage Is a Policy Failure

The Wall Street Journal's editorial board published a profile of Oregon's housing shortage on Sunday, based on analysis conducted by State Economist Josh Lehner. Between 2010 and 2019, the state...

Commissioner Nick Fish, Who Helped Create Portland Housing Bureau, Has Died

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish died Thursday, just two days after he issued an announcement that he would be resigning his position due to health issues in 2020. His term was originally slated...

Eudaly Won't Support Residential Infill without Added Tenant Protections

The Willamette Week reports that Commissioner Chloe Eudaly will not support the Residential Infill Project (RIP) without additional tenant protections. RIP would allow up to four units to be built on...

Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 30, 2019

A round-up of the affordable housing positions of some of the US Democratic Presidential candidates is featured. Listen to our latest podcast.HFO Investment Real Estate specializes in multifamily...

Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - 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...

Survey: Portland Renters Face Discrimination when Applying for Housing

Nonprofit organization Fair Housing Council of Oregon conducted a study using actors posing as prospective tenants between January 2018 and June 2019, and found that in 26 out of 94 test cases,...

When Scammers Pose as Landlords, Things Go Sideways

A woman who thought she had rented a home in North Bethany in Washington County was scammed out of $3,000 and told by police she was trespassing after using a service called Rently. KATU reports.HFO...

Multifamily NW, Tenant Landlord Attorney Leah Sykes Resign from City's Rental Services Commission

Multifamily NW Executive Director Deborah Imse and landlord attorney Leah Sykes of the Greenspoon Marder firm have resigned from the City of Portland's Rental Services Commission. In her resignation...

Tenant Advocates Prep for Next Push in Washington Legislature

The Bellevue Reporter quotes legislator Patty Kuderer as declaring at least two bills will be filed this year in Olympia surrounding tenant protections. Those would include a just cause law...

UN Climate Report: End Apartment Bans to Save the Planet

Local bans on attached homes in cities are driving up energy use and helping cook the climate, the United Nations Environment Program wrote in a report published November 26th. According to the...