A list of local and statewide resources for landlords and tenants. Find tools, links, and agencies you can contact for help.
Portland Maps is the official tool for verifying property jurisdictions. See this guide on how to verify if a property is within the City of Portland. The Mandatory Relocation Assistance policy, Portland Application and Screening policy, and the Portland Security Deposit policy apply only to those properties located within Portland city limits.
Calculate area median income, and see the current income and rent limits for federal and city programs. Certain provisions of the Portland Application and Screening policy depend on the area median income and related rent limits.
Residential Landlord and Tenant Laws for the State of Oregon. For general reference, this unofficial version (OregonLaws.org) may be easier to use. However, always first review the official text from the Oregon State Legislature for the most up-to-date laws.
Also see policy changes due to COVID-19 for Oregon, Multnomah County, and City of Portland.
Overcoming Rent Denials
Contact any of these organizations to learn more about overcoming rent denials. Also consider registering for the next Rent Well course.
- Community Alliance of Tenants
- Fair Housing Council of Oregon
- Legal Aid Services of Oregon
- Oregon Law Center
Paying Rent and Utilities
If you need help paying for rent, utilities, or relocation costs, contact these agencies.
Search for Rentals
- Call 211 for housing information
- Access the 211 Community Resource Database for a wealth of information. Try the keyword "rental listing."
- View PHB's affordable rental housing portfolio to see a map of rental projects throughout Portland. You may also be interested in the Housing Profiles to learn about development projects in planning or under construction and completed projects.
- N/NE Preference Policy Waitlist application is only open at certain times, but may also have information on rental opportunities.
If you believe you have experienced unlawful discrimination or retaliation in Housing (rental, sale or lease of any real property for living purposes), you can file a complaint. Filing a civil rights complaint usually begins by filling out a complaint Questionnaire and returning it to the Portland office. If you are unsure if you have a basis for filing a civil rights complaint or just have a question for the Civil Rights Division, view the Fact Sheets on BOLI's website or contact one of their local bureau offices. www.oregon.gov/boli
Disability Rights Oregon upholds the civil rights of people with disabilities to live, work, and engage in the community. Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) helps people with a disability-related legal issue in Oregon. https://droregon.org
LASO provides legal representation on civil cases (including housing discrimination) to clients throughout Oregon. lasoregon.org
A non-profit organization that provides free legal help to people struggling to make ends meet. oregonlawcenter.org
For students at PSU, Student Legal Services assists in landlord-tenant matters in Oregon, provided the opposing party is not also a PSU student. Appointments can be made by phone or online. They cover commons issues such as evictions, security deposit withholding, habitability issues, utility payment, and discriminatory eviction. Also see the Landlord-Tenant Law Handbook, available for free for students. www.pdx.edu/sls/landlord-and-tenant
Referrals, General Services, and Education
An information and referral service that helps community members navigate the maze of health and community services. With specially-trained information and referral specialists, 211 is a great first contact for a wide variety of problems and needs. Their staff can help you find information and provide directions on where to contact for resources and additional help. 211info.org
The Fair Housing Council of Oregon promotes equal access to housing by providing education, outreach, technical assistance and enforcement opportunities specifically related to federal, state and local fair housing laws. fhco.org
How to make a Fair Housing complaint. If your complaint involves a possible violation of the Fair Housing Act, the specialist will assist you in filing an official housing discrimination complaint. You can also send your complaint through the HUD complaint portal. https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp
The Rent Well tenant education program includes information about reasonable accommodation and modification requests and fair housing protections for people with disabilities. Administered by Transition Projects. www.rentwell.org
A tenant membership and advocacy organization that also provides tenant education. They specialize in assistance for low-income renters, including families with children, people living with disabilities, seniors, and people of color. oregoncat.org
A member-led union of tenants focused on fair, equitable access to safe and secure housing in livable communities for all. They have a large list of contacts for tenants' rights information, legal help, inspectors, and rent assistance. www.pdxtu.org
Landlords and Property Managers
Multifamily NW is a regional association for landlords and property managers. Multifamily NW is an information and education resource for Oregon landlord/tenant law, fair housing, property management best practices and maintenance technician skills. Multifamily NW offers a complete rental forms collection including rental agreements and addendums for Oregon & Washington. www.multifamilynw.org
A local non-profit for Portland rental owners and managers. Information can be found on rental property management best practices, and training for landlords, property managers, and real estate licenses. Provides services primarily in the Portland Metro area. www.portlandarearoa.com
Members include small business landlords, industry vendors, and first-time home owners to seasoned home owners. They provide resources such as educational classes, as well as professional advice on maintenance, finances, and insurance. rhaoregon.org