City of Portland Action to Protect Renters During COVID
We are facing a unique crisis as the novel coronavirus spreads and social distancing measures persist in an attempt to slow it. The measures may reduce damage from the virus, but they are having devastating impacts on many people who are losing income or their jobs, especially as other health, medical and childcare costs increase in response to COVID related measures. We must minimize the harm from these measures. Furthermore, at this time when people are asked to stay at home, we must make sure that everyone has access, and does not lose access, to habitable housing.
We are several month in and the measures taken so far have not done enough to adequately protect tenants, as we remain vulnerable to harassment, rent increases, and a looming rent debt burden and conviction for those of us unable to pay during the eviction moratorium.
PTU Demands for the City of Portland
- Pass the Tenant Protection Ordinance immediately
- Implement a freeze on rent increases retroactive to April 1, and through the course of the pandemic and at least three months after
- Advocate for rent and rent debt forgiveness for impacted households