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Chloe Eudaly

Commissioner, City of Portland

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1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 210, Portland, OR 97204

Happy One Year Anniversary of Relo!

One year ago today my office introduced an ordinance that established mandatory relocation assistance for tenants facing no-cause evictions or rent increases celebrating relo 1 year anniversaryof 10% or higher, co-sponsored by the Mayor, and passed unanimously by Council. This ordinance requires landlords to share in the burden they are creating on tenants and our city during our unprecedented housing crisis. It was the strongest protection we could deliver to tenants given how the state legislature has hampered our ability to manage our rent crisis, namely due to the 33-year-old ban on rent control and the preemption on just cause evictions. Next month we will be introducing several amendments recommended by the Relo Technical Advisory Committee -- which is made up of industry, housing, and tenant advocates -- and making relo permanent!

Fighting state interference with local power is a high priority for me. We need the state to set minimum standards for us on issues like protecting our environment and educating our children. We do not need them to make preemptions that favor corporate and special interests and interfere with our ability to best serve our city. We also need their help to solve our housing and homelessness crisis. Several bills are coming before the legislature in the short session which address different challenges we face with homelessness and in creating stable and affordable housing. Unfortunately, tenant protections are not among them, due to how challenging these issues have proven to be most tenant advocates agree they can't be tackled in 35 days.

In October 2015, Portland City Council declared a State of Emergency on Housing and Homelessness at the urging of numerous housing justice advocates, activists, and organizations. I was among them. We had hoped that this declaration would bring meaningful relief to Portland's cost-burdened and displaced renters, as well as people experiencing homelessness. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough, and our housing crisis continues to outpace all of our efforts to address it and finding suitable properties for alternative shelters remains a challenge due to a variety of factors.

It's time for a reality check: we are in the eighth year of a housing crisis in the Metro region. Although developers have added thousands of new units to our rental inventory, they are mostly out of reach of the average income household. Although rent increases may be slowing at the top of the market, we have not seen a decrease in the number of cost-burdened households. We have not seen a significant slow down in the rate of displacement of low and moderate income renters. And we continue to see an inflow of recently housed residents -- including families, seniors, and people with disabilities -- entering our homeless population.

We know that municipalities across the Metro region and the state -- urban, suburban, and rural -- are facing crises of their own. I believe it's time for the Oregon legislature to consider declaring a state of emergency for housing and homelessness which would allow for more power and flexibility for municipalities across the state to address the unique needs and challenges they face. We can't fix this complex problem with a nearly empty toolbox.

In This New Year

Dear Portland, 

It's hard to believe it's been a year since I took my seat on City Council! While our memories of 2017 may be overshadowed by the chaos of national politics and local tragedies, I hope that we will also remember the ways in which Portlanders fought back to defend our values and stand up for one another. I am particularly proud of the time and energy my office has devoted to tenants’ rights, prioritizing people over profit, protecting our immigrant and refugee neighbors, and becoming better stewards of the environment.

I also appreciate the hard work and accomplishments of our bureau staff in 2017. I'm looking forward to working closely with our newly appointed Bureau Directors -- Rebecca Esau, of the Bureau of Development Services (BDS), and Suk Rhee, of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) -- as we continue our reorganization efforts and improving service to our community members and customers. Some bureau highlights include the swearing in of the New Portlanders Policy Commission and the Information and Referral team stepping up to assist with the response to the Eagle Creek Fire at ONI, and the record-breaking number of permits processed by the Development Services Center at BDS.

As my team and I set our policy goals for 2018, we will also be sure to plan more events to celebrate our city and one another. Last year we honored our small business and arts & culture communities by coordinating or hosting events like Dead Moon Night, Boss Ladies PDX, and the PCC Social Practice Art Show. Other highlights include being the emcee at the Spirit of Portland Awards, where I personally honored Kathleen Saadat and The Raging Grannies, and co-chairing the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s Battle of the Bands. I'm pleased to report that through many of these events, we welcomed hundreds of Portlanders to City Hall for the first time.

In 2017, my team and I learned the lay of the land and adjusted to the routine and demands of City Hall. At times, this meant moderating our ambitions in recognition of the fact that being both an administrator and legislator leaves limited time for discretionary projects. While I am pleased with all that we have accomplished, I also know that we can do better at communicating our efforts to the community, which is something we'll be prioritizing as we move forward.

In this new year, I am looking forward to continuing to fight to make Portland a city that works for all of us. Some of my priorities include: strengthening tenant protections via security deposit reform and creating opportunities for homeownership, supporting ADU development, and bringing back the small business liaison and the “Get Legal” program to assist low-income homeowners at BDS. Through ONI, we hope to demonstrate a new way of conducting civic engagement, and the Cannabis Program will work to proactively and equitably support a growing local industry.

This past year has demanded more of all of us—more courage, more creativity, and more kindness—and many Portlanders have stepped up to the challenge. Cities are now at the forefront of addressing complex challenges such as housing, racial equity, and sustainability. I'm grateful to get to work on these and many other vital issues as your Commissioner.

Best wishes for a new year,

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly

Demystifying the Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance

By Commissioner Eudaly Staff | March 2, 2017

Starting at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, March 15 at David Douglas High School (1001 SE 135th Avenue, Portland, OR 97233), we are collaborating with the Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon to host a free legal clinic to help tenants determine if they are eligible for relocation assistance as a result of the recently passed tenant protection ordinance. The clinic will also help tenants learn how to bring an action in Small Claims Court in Multnomah County if a landlord refuses to pay relocation assistance. We encourage tenants and service providers to attend.

David Douglas High School is close to TriMet stops for the #20 bus (SE Stark & 133rd) and the #73 bus (SE 122nd & Madison).

Summary of Ordinance
On Feb. 2, Portland City Council passed a milestone that mandates relocation assistance for involuntarily displaced tenants. Ordinance 188219 requires landlords to provide relocation assistance if they enact no-cause evictions or increase rent by 10 percent or more in a 12-month period. The amount tenants can receive depends on the size of their living space ($2,900 for a studio, $3,300 for one-bedroom units, $4,200 for two-bedroom units, and $4,500 for three-bedroom units or larger).

In the past few weeks, we have received numerous questions about the ordinance. While our Relocation Assistance Fact Sheet contains answers to many of these inquiries, we understand that some landlords and tenants are in unique circumstances and not all situations are easily resolvable. This piece will answer some specific inquiries we have received.

Going to Court
In cases where landlords are non-responsive or refusing to pay relocation fees, tenants may need to challenge their landlords in Small Claims Court. It’s important for landlords to know that if they lose in small claims court, they will be required to pay (1) relocation costs, (2) three months’ rent and (3) damages including attorney fees. Tenants might want to remind their landlords of these legal ramifications when notifying them of the relocation assistance requirement. 

For legal advice, please contact the Oregon Law Center:; or Legal Aid Services of Oregon:

Relocation Assistance for Multiple Tenants
Many people would like to know how relocation assistance packages are divided amongst multiple tenants who share a single unit. Qualified relocation assistance amounts are based on the number of bedrooms in each unit, rather than the number of tenants. Similar to security deposit returns, the total sum of the relocation amount would be given to the primary lease holder and divided amongst fellow tenants as the leaseholder(s) sees fit.

For example, if relocation assistance was given to three tenants in a two-bedroom unit, each tenant would not receive $4,200. Rather, the total sum of $4,200 would be given to the primary leaseholder(s), who are then in charge of distributing that total amongst fellow roommates.  

Single Unit vs. Single Property (With Multiple Units)
Property owners who own a single rental unit are exempt from paying relocation assistance. This includes owners who live in one part of a duplex and rent the other half to a tenant, someone who has an attached or detached ADU or a person who rents out a single family home. However, owners of multiple units, even if they exist within a single property, are not exempt.

In addition, affordable housing units that are under federal law are not subject to relocation assistance for rent increases, as federal law overrides city law. However, they are still subject to relocation assistance for no-cause evictions.

What is a No-Cause Eviction?
Eviction of a tenant who has not broken the lease terms is defined as a “no-cause eviction.” More information can be found here:

The law will continue to allow for just-cause eviction of tenants who are engaging in unlawful behavior, or who are otherwise breaking the conditions of their lease agreement. Tenants evicted for just-cause reasons would not qualify for relocation benefits.

If you have any other inquiries regarding the relocation ordinance or any other matters, our doors are open Monday-Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM, and we’re available at:


Thank you for taking the time to read this and please check back regularly. We plan on posting at least one new blog entry per week and feedback is always welcome.

Opening Statement at Tenant Relocation Ordinance Hearing

Commissioner Eudaly's Opening Statement at City Council PM Meeting | February 2, 2017

Opening Statement: Commissioner Chloe Eudaly
City Council Meeting PM
February 2, 2017

I have been living and breathing affordable housing and tenants’ rights issues for the past two years. It’s what inspired me to run for City Council and is in no small part why I was elected, because the fact is that the majority of Portlanders support rent stabilization and increasing tenant protections.

Some people have asked me, “What’s the rush on this ordinance?” The fact is members of my team were working on relocation for months before we took office and this housing crisis has been growing for the past decade. So we have to ask: what’s taking so long?

Emotions are high on both sides of this debate. For the past 30 years, landlords have been allowed to involuntarily displace tenants through no-cause and de facto economic evictions. And now we’re asking them to share in the burden that has been wrought on our residents, our communities, our city and our entire region. The fact is we’re all paying for this crisis, whether it’s through the public dollars we spend on affordable housing, rental assistance and homelessness, or the various ways this crisis is harming our neighborhoods, communities, schools, small businesses, local economy and the overall quality of life for all of our residents.

As former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich recently said, “Governing by anecdote is not governing. It’s demagoguery.” And it’s been disappointing and frustrating to witness opponents to tenant protections whether community members, lobbyists or legislators  resort to playing on the public’s emotions and prejudices rather than basing their positions on facts. But I’m going to share a personal anecdote with you today anyway.

My parents became landlords in 1979, when they bought their second home and moved our family from Gales Creek to Sherwood. Early on, they made a misjudgment in tenants and ended up having to evict them for non-payment of rent and other serious infractions. The tenants responded by breaking every window in the house, filling it with garbage and using it as a dog kennel for an untold number of days, so you can imagine what that looked like. My father was driving home from assessing and photographing the damage on a rainy day in October 1983. He lost control of his vehicle on a tight curve, hit an oncoming truck and died instantly. So, if you’ve come here today to conjure up the bad tenant bogeyman, the one that precludes us from protecting any tenants, lest we somehow benefit him, please save your breath. I have already met him. And I recognize him for what he is: an anomaly among an ocean of good tenants who follow the rules, who desperately need their deposits back, who are highly dependent on their landlords’ good reference, in one of the most competitive rental markets this city has ever seen.

If you have a bad tenant, you have clear legal recourse and the law is weighted in the landlords’ favor. We don’t call our eviction court an “eviction mill” for nothing. If you’ve come here today to argue exemptions for mom-and-pop landlords who may experience some level of financial hardship, if required to pay relocation assistance, let me remind you: landlords have been placing that very same hardship on tenants who are generally lower income and have less financial resources than property owners. This is a temporary emergency ordinance intended to stabilize or assist renters at risk of involuntary displacement during our housing crisis. We hope that it will be short-lived, but that will require the state legislature to overturn the ban on rent control and give the city back its regulatory tools.

In the meantime, there is an easy way to avoid relocation assistance: do not no-cause evict your tenants and don’t raise their rent 10 percent or more per year.

If you’ve come here today to tell us, “We must simply build our way out of this crisis,” I can confidently tell you, as the Commissioner in charge of the Bureau of Development Services and someone with a newfound inside view of our Housing Bureau, it will take decades to build our way out. And that’s only if developers are willing to start building for existing demand, which is not the market rate in luxury housing that they are primarily delivering.

If you’ve come here today to suggest that renters just move or get better jobs, it shows an utter lack of understanding around who is taking the brunt of the impact created by our housing crisis. Seniors and people with disabilities living on fixed incomes don’t have the resources to move or the ability to get better jobs. People of color who have faced historic and ongoing discrimination in both the housing and job markets also tend to have more limited resources and options. Telling someone with limited resources to leave behind their family, their friends and their community, in search of elusive affordable housing elsewhere, is terrible advice.

Finally, this is not a “landlord versus tenant” conversation. We are not seeking to demonize or penalize landlords, but we are asking them to recognize their role in our housing crisis and share in the burden they’re creating, not just for their renters but our entire city, when they choose to involuntarily displace a renter through no fault of the renter. We’ve heard from many landlords who support this ordinance, some of whom will be testifying today, who know that they can profitably operate their business, whether they choose to avoid triggering relocation or not. We don’t blame landlords for not recognizing how the forces of urban renewal, gentrification, displacement and limited tenant protections converged to create this crisis over the past 30 years, but there’s no denying the outcome. Half our residents are renters. Half of renters are cost-burdened by rent. And half of those renters, approximately 75,000 people, live in households that are spending over 50 percent of their income on housing. These households are being forced to choose between paying rent and paying the heating bill, paying rent and paying for vital medical care, paying rent and paying the grocery bill. This is unsustainable, it’s unacceptable, and none of the good people of Portland – renters, homeowners or landlords – should be willing to sit idly by and let this crisis continue unchecked.