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Relocation Assistance Amendment FAQ

Temporary amendments to PCC 30.01.085 to make renters eligible for Relocation Assistance due to any rent increase issued until March 31, 2021. View Frequently Asked Questions on this page.

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What changes have been made to PCC 30.01.085?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic impact, the City of Portland has made temporary amendments to the amount of rent increase that qualifies a tenant to request Relocation Assistance.  Tenants that receive rent increases of 10% or more over a rolling 12-month period can request Relocation Assistance from their landlord and terminate the rental agreement under PCC 30.01.085This option has been extended to tenant that receives a rent increase, of any amount, with an effective date between September 16, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

What if a rent increase was effective prior to September 16, 2020?

If a rent increase notice was sent and is already in effect prior to September 16, 2020, a tenant would not be able to ask for Relocation Assistance unless such a notice was an increase of 10% or more over a rolling 12-month period.

What if a rent increase notice was sent prior to September 16, 2020?

If a rent increase notice, of any amount, was sent prior to September 16, 2020 with an effective date falling between September 16, 2020 and March 31, 2021, a tenant can request Relocation Assistance from their landlord if they cannot afford the increase.

  • A tenant needs to request Relocation Assistance from their landlord within 45 calendar days of receiving the notice or by September 30, 2020, whichever is longer.
     
  • A landlord may provide written notice in response to the tenant which rescinds the rent increase notice and refunds any increased rents paid by the tenant within 30 calendar days of the tenant’s request for Relocation Assistance.  This relieves a landlord of the obligation to pay Relocation Assistance under this temporary code amendment.

What if a rent increase notice is sent after September 16, 2020?

If a rent increase notice, of any amount, is given after September 16, 2020 with an effective date falling between September 16, 2020 and March 31, 2021, a tenant can request Relocation Assistance from their landlord if they cannot afford the increase.

  • If a landlord was unaware of this temporary amendment that creates a potential obligation to pay Relocation Assistance, the landlord can represent that in good faith and provide written notice to the tenant which rescinds the rent increase.  The tenant must receive a notice that rescinds the rent increase within 30 days of the original rent increase notice. This relieves a landlord of the obligation to pay.
     
  • A tenant has 45 calendar days of receiving a rent increase notice to request Relocation Assistance from their landlord, unless otherwise rescinded.

What if a landlord does not rescind a rent increase notice within the specified time frame?

If the landlord does not rescind the rent increase notice by the specified time frame (described above, based on delivery date of the notice of rent increase) and the tenant requests Relocation Assistance, they have the obligation to pay the amount in accordance with PCC 30.01.085 to their tenant.

Does a tenant need to move out of the unit?

Accepting Relocation Assistance funds from a landlord requires a Tenant to give notice to their landlord and vacate the unit within 6 months of receipt or return the Relocation Assistance funds and remain in the unit.

How much is Relocation Assistance?

The amount of Relocation Assistance to be paid to a tenant is determined by the number of bedrooms in the dwelling unit:

  • Studio or Single Room Occupancy (SRO)       $2,900
  • 1-Bedroom                                                          $3,300
  • 2-Bedroom                                                          $4,200
  • 3-Bedroom or larger                                          $4,500

What if the notice of rent increase didn’t include the amount of Relocation Assistance the tenant was eligible to receive?

If notice of a rent increase was delivered prior to September 16, 2020, PCC 30.01.085.D does not apply.

Where can I find more information about Relocation Assistance?

The Rental Services Office website has more general information about Relocation Assistance.

What if I still have questions?

The Rental Services Office staff can help you to answer technical questions, but we cannot provide legal advice.  You can reach us at 503-823-1303 or rentalservices@portlandoregon.gov.

If you have questions about your specific situation or need legal advice, please call a legal professional or advocate.