Dear Legislators,

We are calling on the Oregon State Legislature to take urgent action , to provide relief for Oregonians who rent their homes. We need measures that alleviate the devastating financial burden facing many low-income and working-class renters, who have lost some or all of their income due to COVID-19. Under the state’s current eviction moratorium tenants will be held accountable for all of their back rent when the Executive Order is lifted on June 30th.

This is unacceptable. Already too many Oregonians are cost-burdened by their rent. Facing added cumulative debt means either eviction and houselessness, turning to…


We are facing a unique crisis as the novel COVID-19 spread and intense social distancing measures are put into place to slow the spread of the virus. The measures may reduce damage from the virus, but they will also have devastating impacts on many people who will lose income or their jobs, especially as other health, medical and childcare costs increase in response to corona related measures. We must minimize the harm from these measures. …


PTU ‘flocked’ Tina Kotek’s front yard with flamingos

When Oregon passed its nationally acclaimed statewide ‘rent control’ bill (SB 608), housing advocates agreed that the new law was fairly moderate. While adding some protections against ‘no cause’ evictions, the “rent stabilization” part of the bill was, at best, weak — limiting yearly rent increases to around 10% (or more if inflation worsens). Noticeably absent from the bill was a key issue, long-demanded from renters: lifting the ban on Oregon’s cities from enacting their own local rent control policies.

Ending the local ban on rent control remains urgent. A recent study found that 156,000 households in Oregon are at…


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

One of the hottest legislative discussions coming to Salem this session is Senate Bill 608, the bill that would put a cap on rent increases and ban many no-cause evictions in Oregon. It just passed the Senate, 17–11 along party lines, and now heads to the House. Creating a statewide cap on rent increases and reducing the possibility of no-cause evictions would be a huge win for tenant advocates across the state. However this bill as written falls short. The proposed rent cap, 7% plus the annual increase in the consumer price index, is way too high for actual rent…


Ballot Measures that Matter for Tenants

Renters make up almost half the people in Portland. But renters make up far LESS than half the voters at election time. We are under-represented in every election. Because many of us are busy making ends meet, we often don’t have time to think about elections. Which is a shame, because most of the Ballot Measures to be voted on this November 6 will greatly affect Portland tenants.

Want to make sure that your rent money isn’t used to buy politicians who are working against your interests as tenants? Read on.

When issues are put to a vote by the…


Members of the Holgate Manor Tenant Union are now in the third month of their rent strike against Princeton Property Management and their California landlord, millionaire Fred Kleinbub, who have largely failed to meet the union’s demands.

An HTMU member fills out a card affirming a commitment to withhold rent.

Management has been relatively quiet about the strike, while their lawyers engaged in protracted negotiations with Legal Aid Services of Oregon over numerous maintenance issues that Princeton has largely left unaddressed. But recently, they’ve taken some action, coinciding with several new developments.

What has happened recently:

  • Multiple tenants have complained to Princeton about cockroach infestations.
  • City inspectors completed a report on over 90 separate housing code violations…


Tenants drop banners over high traffic thoroughfares in Senate District 24 during rush hour.

Oregon’s renters won big last night.

For over a year Portland Tenants United has been raising the alarms on anti-renter Senator Rod Monroe. We held rallies at his church, protested outside his mansion-style home during his fundraiser-birthday party attended by landlord lobby royalty, and serenaded him at his Oregon Senate office in Salem with songs written specifically about his betrayal to his working class constituents. In the holiday season, we successfully raised enough money for Jobs With Justice to have Monroe declared “Scrooge of the Year”. On multiple occasions, we dropped banners over freeway overpasses and pedestrian bridges in his…


The Criteria

Once again, we sent out questionnaires, looked at past action (or inaction) on tenant issues, and followed candidates on the campaign trail for the May 15 primary elections to evaluate their attention and policy commitment to tenant rights and protections.

Last week we published our grades for the Democratic primary in Senate District 24. This second article will specifically address the primary races for Portland City Council.

Portland Tenants United does not endorse candidates, but we have kept a critical eye pointed at their platforms. Grades were weighted toward candidates who championed bold action to address the housing crisis in…


The Criteria

Once again, we sent out questionnaires, looked at past action (or inaction) on tenant issues, and followed candidates on the campaign trail for the May 15 primary elections to evaluate their attention and policy commitment to tenant rights and protections.

This article, the first of two, will specifically address the Democratic primary race in Oregon State Senate District 24, which covers East Portland, Gresham, and part of Clackamas County.

Senate District 24 spans East Portland, Gresham, and part of Clackamas County.

Portland Tenants United does not endorse candidates, but we have kept a critical eye pointed at their platforms. Grades were weighted toward candidates who championed bold action to address the housing…


On Sunday, December 17th a large crowd of renters and allies showed up at Oregon State Senator Rod Monroe’s church to present him with the notorious “Scrooge of the Year” Award, annually bestowed by Portland Jobs with Justice upon the worst local actor in the realm of labor or politics — the boldest champion of corporate cash and enemy of the working class.

The Democratic Senator beat out a tough crop of big bosses and corporate monsters to win the Scrooge election after taking thousands of dollars in landlord lobby cash in exchange for slaying House Bill 2004, the critical…

Portland Tenants United

Portland Tenants United is a growing tenants union dedicated to organizing tenants to take action to strengthen and enforce tenants rights and protections.

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