This week: Clackamas County elected officials show support for Metro's housing bond at a Chamber of Commerce event; the city of Portland debates new rules for developers pertaining to how and when neighborhoods should be notified of new construction; and economists and housing experts respond to a claim in the Washington Post that building new housing only helps the rich.
This week: Auditors find that about 80% of Portland's short-term rentals may be operating illegally; Mayor Ted Wheeler rearranges oversight of Portland's bureaus, and the City of Vancouver Washington throws its support behind building a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River--five years after Washington's state Legislature scuttled the idea.
This week: tenants in a SE Portland apartment complex decide to go on a rent strike; the Portland City Council postpones voting on the residential infill plan; while on the national stage, a California Senator is calling for the federal government to create a tax credit for families who spend more than 30% of their income on rent.
This week: the Portland City Council has created a housing registry landlords of one or more units; Metro council staff released the draft 2018 Urban Growth report and a recent survey finds growing frustration between Seattle landlords and their City Council.
Olympia Washington's planning commission recommends city-wide zoning changes to encourage more "missing middle housing;" Oregon's property tax limits are criticized by DC-based Center for Budget and Policy Priorities for forcing cities and counties to charge fees disproportionately impacting the poor...and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler claims the city is making progress on the issue of homelessness.
This week: The possibility of oversupply in the Portland market has developers feeling jittery; Portland's planning commission endorsed a new zone that mobile home park residents hope will save them from redevelopment; and a new study indicates that if Americans want European levels of density, they will need to choose between single family and high rises, or streets dominated entirely by mid-rise buildings similar to Berlin and Paris.
Attorney Andy Hahs offers details of the City of Portland's relocation fee program. Hahs also covers potential issues with the City of Portland's draft tenant screening plan. Hahs is a partner with Bittner & Hahs, P.C. He has decades of experience in landlord/tenant law.
This week: The Zidell family calls it quits for now on developing 33-acres on the South Waterfront; Portland posts top gains in educated adults, and hundreds of both luxury condos and 250-square foot microunits are--or soon will be--under construction in Portland.
This week: Portland's mayor proposes a plan to help renters expunge criminal convictions; climate change is having the least impact on Oregon and Washington; Portland and Multnomah county government are working together on a plan to allow homeless families to park overnight on church property and the Portland City Council imposed a 2% fee on short-term rentals to support Travel Portland and a $4 per night fee to support low-income housing.
This week: The Portland City Council puts off for another year a vote on seismic retrofit requirements; The National Multifamily Housing Council reports that over 30 percent of the cost of multifamily development is due to governmental regulation; and the Oregonian editorial board questions whether Metro's plan to place a $652 million affordable housing bond on the November ballot is enough to make a difference in the housing crisis.
This week: After holding off for several months, the City of Portland begins spending money from the affordable housing bond; Metro receives requests from four cities in Oregon to expand the urban growth boundary, and cities across the country begin to see the impacts of the national housing shortage.
This week: The Portland City Council took an initial vote to allow taller buildings in Portland's Chinatown; Tacoma appears on track to overtake Spokane as the Washington state's second largest city, and the CEO of Seattle-based real estate website Redfin blames restrictive zoning laws for the country's housing affordability crisis.
In this week's special edition, HFO partner Greg Frick discusses the Portland apartment market with economic and housing analyst Joe Cortright of City Observatory.
Cortright argues that Portland is disincentivizing construction -- exactly the opposite of what is needed to create affordable housing.
This week: Oregon primaries result in a political shift to the left; affordable housing developers face funding shortfall due to federal tax cuts; and Seattle passes a tax on large businesses to fund affordable housing programs, despite threats from Amazon.
This week: The Portland City Council heard public testimony on proposed requirements for seismic retrofits of the city's unreinforced masonry buildings; City commissioner Chloe Eudaly plans to call for new tenants screening rules and the multifamily housing council posts a review and synthesis of the inefficiencies of rent control policies.
This week: Portland's latest data on rent increases; a public hearing takes place Wednesday, May 9th on the City's proposed unreinforced masonry plan, and the City will hold two public hearings on its controversial residential infill plan.
This week: Housing activists in Seattle push for increased density in inner-city neighborhoods; Willamette week releases its endorsements for the May primary, and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will ask the City Council to halt spending of the $258 million affordable housing levy approved by voters in November of 2016 until next January.
This week: the latest apartment survey indicates vacancy rates are on the rise in Portland but remain among the lowest in the country; baby boomers and millennials both want to live in walkable, close-in urban neighborhoods. After ten years of planning, this year will see the groundbreaking for the $70 million Rockwood Rising project in Gresham.
This week:Seattle has passed a law requiring landlords to separate rent and parking fees, allowing renters to opt-out of paying for parking; the Sherwood City Council wants Metro to expand its urban growth boundary by adding 373 acres south of Sherwood High School and a study by CityLab indicates housing scarcity and affordability are more global than local in nature.
This week: A recent third-party study of Portland's proposed Residential Infill Project concludes it will reduce demolitions and increase housing; A Washington State Judge rules that Seattle's law requiring landlords to accept tenants on a "first-come-first-served" basis violates the state constitution; Oregon sees the return of middle-wage jobs.