A tenant shares their struggle

Portland Ore (KPTV) – Rents are skyrocketing in the Portland metro area.

A recent study last year found that one-bedroom apartment rents rose nearly 9 percent in Portland, and about 14 percent in Beaverton and Hillsboro.

Zumper, the rental listings website that conducted the study, also reported that since 2016, one-bedroom apartment rents have increased nearly 15 percent in Portland.

Tenants at the Orlo apartments in Northeast Portland say they’ve been under new property management for a year and are now grappling with what they say is a rent increase that pushes the boundaries of the law.

A tenant who spoke with FOX 12 anonymously shared this rent notice she and her husband received, requesting to increase the rent for their two-bedroom apartment by 27 percent, $1,045 a month to $1,325 a month.

Oregon law states that for 2022, landlords cannot increase rents by more than 9.9 percent to existing tenants if the building is more than 15 years old. However, there are some exemptions that allow some landlords to increase the rent by a larger percentage.

“They put it on you to try and catch them, we’re all tired,” the Orlo apartment tenant said, speaking anonymously. “We are tired of trying to get them to meet the end of the bargain.”

Orlo Apartments are owned by Colorado-based CSC Apartments in Aspen, Colorado & Cooper Street Capital. The company did not respond to FOX 12’s request for comment. The tenant FOX 12 spoke with said the property department had not notified her of her rights to seek resettlement assistance, which is required by Portland law for landlords.

“You sent them a letter asking to move because you know we can’t stay here, they won’t fix things for us and we certainly can’t pay this huge monthly increase,” the tenant said.

In some cases, landlords may not be aware of the rules, or assume that you may not know all of your rights as a tenant, says a spokesperson for the Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT), an organization in Portland that advocates for renters.

“Sometimes landlords see what they can get away with, and the reality is that a lot of tenants don’t have legal access, services or legal protection, and so they don’t even know what rights they have,” said Jake Wegler. CAT spokesperson.

The City of Portland has a resource page with the rights and responsibility of landlords and tenants that can be found here.

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