At rally, renters’ group calls for mandatory one-year notice of big rent hikes

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Rent hikes threaten to prevent anyone but the rich from living in bikeable, walkable parts of Portland, tenants’ advocates warned.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Surrounded by about 200 worried tenants, by a contingent of local media and by zero elected officials, Portland’s most prominent renters’ advocacy group declared a “renters’ state of emergency” Tuesday.

Saying that they’ve seen a wave of no-cause evictions and huge rent hikes throughout the city, the Community Alliance of Tenants called for two actions that its staff admitted might not be allowed under current law: a one-year citywide moratorium on no-cause evictions and a requirement that landlords give one year’s notice to tenants of any rent hike larger than 5 percent.

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