Portland: Catching up on old news

As reported by The Oregonian on Feb. 28, a federal judge in Portland denied a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent two Fair Access in Renting ordinances from becoming law.  The judge said that the rental industry group challenging the laws, Multifamily NW, waited too long to file a legal challenge.  While the… Continue reading Portland: Catching up on old news

Portland ordinance under legal challenge

We reported (here) on a recent and troubling local law in Portland, Oregon that limits landlords’ ability to provide safe housing by restricting the ability to conduct credit and criminal background checks on prospective tenants.  We reported (here) on a small but disturbing trend of other cities and counties passing ordinances similar to that which… Continue reading Portland ordinance under legal challenge

Local government screening restrictions are unsafe and often unconstitutional

There is a small but disturbing trend in local governments limiting or banning the use of criminal history searches in rental screening. We are seeing this play out in Oakland and Berkeley in California; Portland, Oregon; Cook County in Illinois; Minneapolis; and Detroit. These cities and one county follow a Seattle ordinance that was called “groundbreaking”. While these laws or proposals are novel, they are also… Continue reading Local government screening restrictions are unsafe and often unconstitutional