Landlords prep for new fights with Portland City Hall, Oregon Legislature

Friday, August 03, 2018 2:17 PM | Kimberly Newsom (Administrator)

Three powerful landlord groups have joined to run what they say must be an all-out multimillion-dollar campaign to stop the Portland City Council and the Oregon Legislature from enacting "radical" tenant protections they say would jeopardize their livelihoods.

That the gulf between landlords' desires and policymakers' plans is so wide reflects the tensions between tens of thousands of struggling renters around Oregon and the relatively few landlords that control their housing.

The landlord industry groups, which have banded together under the name More Housing Now!, laid out their intended strategy in a letter and four-page brochure aimed at getting participants onboard that was obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive. The materials, which are unusual because of their unflinching frankness, call out by name Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly as the industry's primary foes.

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