Rental Services Helpdesk

Have questions about rentership policy and regulations in Portland, such as Mandatory Relocation Assistance? Contact the RSO Helpdesk. We provide general information on tenant-landlord law, renter protections, referrals to community agencies, and resources for legal help and other direct services.
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Contact the Helpdesk

We provide general information, technical assistance with forms, and referrals to community agencies.

Remote methods recommended for all customer service needs: phone, email, fax, or post mail.

  • By phone. Please leave a message. We return calls in the order they are received, within 2-3 business days on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • E-mail is the fastest way to reach us. We respond to email in the order they are received within two business days.
  • Find answers online at The Rental Services Office website is an excellent resource for information for renters, landlords, owners, and property managers. You can also see events and news. Sign up for email updates.

Helpdesk Hours

Phone and email: 
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
9:00 am - 11:00 am and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | 503-823-1303 | Fax: 503-865-3260

In-person appointments for the Rental Services Office: Available on Tuesdays only.
PHB is operating in hybrid. Staff are only in the building on certain days of the week.

Book now: In-person appointment (Tuesdays only) 

*Important: The Rental Services Office serves as a general information resource on Portland city codes. Our staff is unable to provide business or legal advice nor advise how a particular law may apply in any scenario. Staff cannot interpret the specifics of legal documentation (e.g., termination notices, lease agreements, rent increases notices, etc.). If you need assistance in understanding or interpreting the legality of legal documents, then our office can provide information about organizations that can provide the appropriate assistance.

RSO forms can be submitted online. Prefer to drop off a form in person? No appointment needed. Simply drop off in the grey mail bin in the building lobby on the first floor. If you have questions, please send us an email.

Get directions to PHB
1900 SW 4th Ave, 7th floor

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About the Helpdesk and our available services

It is the general policy of the Rental Services Office to respond to Helpdesk phone and e-mail inquiries in the order in which they are received.

Please note that the Rental Services Office serves approximately 140,000 rental households in Portland alone, not including suburbs and adjacent jurisdictions. The Rental Services Helpdesk has two specialists who take great professional pride in responding to inquiries from both renters and landlords/property managers within 2-3 business days.

Note that Helpline staff cannot provide legal or business advice, or legal interpretation, to either landlord or renters. Also note that the Rental Services Office is a resource for general information, not an enforcement entity, and Rental Services Office Helpdesk staff cannot intervene in landlord/tenant disputes.

What is outside the Helpdesk scope of services

Please be aware, our scope of services does not include direct social services, advocacy/representation, property or case management, or legal services for either landlords or tenants. We are not a direct provider of rental housing or of rent payment assistance.

Where to find more help:

Stay informed - Join the RSO email list!

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Submit a form

We recommend submitting forms online. Paper forms are also available to download.

Apply for Relocation Assistance Exemption 
Read about Landlord Exemptions.

Submit a Notice of Relocation Payment
Landlords are required to notify PHB of all Relocation Assistance payments within 30 days of making a payment. More details.

Schedule R

How to file Schedule R | Rental Registration FAQ
Rental registration is processed by the Revenue Division. Please direct all general questions to Revenue. The FAQ on Rental Services' website is provided as supplementary information only.

More information on the RSO website

Rental Services Office

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Call 503-823-1303 | TTY 503-823-6868 or 711

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Rental Services Helpdesk

phone number503-823-1303Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 4 p.m. Please use phone, email, fax, or post mail.
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fax number503-865-3260