Portland’s mayor and commissioners on Wednesday adopted an annual $60 per unit fee for landlords, saying the charge is necessary to collect better data about the city’s rental market but igniting fears the cost would be passed down to tenants.
The fee is to help fund the city’s renter services office, according to a government analysis. The office, stationed within the Portland Housing Bureau, enforces fair-housing laws, mediates landlord-tenant disputes and maintains a registry of rental units.
That registry is a key initiative that officials such as Mayor Ted Wheeler say is important to inform city housing policy. The