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Portland's FAIR Ordinance: Revisiting the Requirements of the City's Screening Ordinance

It's been over a year since COVID-19 dramatically changed the lives of every American. During that time, many previously headline-grabbing regulation changes have faded from the front of landlords'...

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Multifamily Marketwatch - April 5, 2021

The Center for Disease Control expands the federal eviction moratorium until June 30th; Tenant advocates in Seattle advocate a campaign to increase renter protections, and Oregon’s smaller towns are...

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Federal Trade Commission to Landlords: Do Not Evict Tenants in Violation of Moratoriums

On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission joined with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to issue a statement warning landlords against violating the moratoriums which expire June...

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CDC Extends National Eviction Moratorium to June 30, 2021; National Apartment Associations Express Disappointment

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued a notice yesterday extending the eviction moratorium from March 31, 2021 to June 30, 2021. The order can be found here.  The Oregon legislature and...

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Oregon legislative Update - Week 10

Tuesday, March 30th at 8:00am HB 2761 would require rental agreements of manufactured housing to be available in five most commonly spoken languages other than English. Relating to clause restricts...

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HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - March 29, 2021

This week: Permits for new multifamily projects in Portland dropped precipitously in 2020; low housing inventory and higher lumber prices drive up new home costs; a bipartisan bill sponsored by US...

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Oregonian Report: Portland's Attempt to Regulate Housing May Trigger Another Round of Skyrocketing Rents, Displaced Tenants, Homelessness

The Oregonian is reporting on local economists' warning that the City of Portland's decline in apartment permit applications may lead to another housing crunch, higher rents, and more...

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Experiencing Glitches with Oregon's Landlord Compensation Fund Portal? You're Not Alone.

When the Oregon Legislature passed HB 4401 during the 3rd Special Session of 2020 on December 21st, it not only extended the Eviction Moratorium through June, and ushered in temporary extensions to...

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Latest Roundup of Oregon's Housing Legislation - Get All The Latest Here

Multifamily NW has provided the latest roundup of legislation in the Oregon senate that could potentially affect Oregon rental owners. Here's the status: March 19th was the deadline for bills to...

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Portland's Slow, Fragmented Permitting Process Is Hindering Housing Production

Portland City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero released an audit showing that the city's building permit process is slow and suffers from poor customer service and a lack of accountability. In 2019, just...

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Portland Landlords: City Offering Free Eviction Moratorium, Screening & Security Deposit Training

New classes, sponsored by the City of Portland, are available for landlords to learn more about the statewide COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium. For tenants who have submitted declarations, the current...

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HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - March 22, 2021

This week: a Federal Judge rules the CDC lacked authority to enact an eviction ban, opening the door for more legal challenges, and Twentysomethings are flocking to smaller, more affordable cities...

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Washington State Legislative Update Week 10

The Washington Multifamily Housing Association: Continues to oppose the repeal of the fixed-term lease as proposed by House Bill 1236.Is advocating for additional financial support for the...

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Washington Governor Extends Eviction Moratorium to June 30, 2021

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee extended the state's eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021.  The Washington Multifamily Housing association released the following...

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Federal Judge: Landlords do not have to Provide Free Housing

 A Federal Judge in Ohio has ruled that the CDC overstepped its authority by issuing a nationwide eviction ban.  The lawsuit was brought last October by a group of Ohio landlords and the...

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Oregon & SW Washington Submarket Data Published Today

Multifamily NW released its bi-annual Apartment Report at a meeting this morning.  Click here to read our summary of today's Apartment Report submarket vacancy and rent data. HFO Investment...

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Oregon Housing and Economic Forecast - March 17, 2021

State of Oregon economist Josh Lehner provided a detailed update on Oregon's housing and economic forecast. The bottom line:Personal income is up sharplySavings will support spendingOregon has a...

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HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - March 15, 2021

This week: The Oregon legislature prioritizes bills intended to address the state’s housing crisis; Economist Joe Cortright cites Inclusionary Zoning as the reason for the sharp decline in new...

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The Bottom Line: Portland, Oregon's Inclusionary Zoning Regulation Caused Sharp Drop in New Apartments

City Observatory, whose director Joe Cortright was recently interviewed by HFO partner Greg Frick about the economy and housing observations, wrote this week about the direct connection between...

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Washington State Legislative Update - Next Cutoff: March 26th

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, marked the legislative session's theoretical midway point and the house of origin cutoff in the Washington legislature. The next important cutoff is March 26, when all...

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