5 TENANT TIPS
Be prepared. If certain rental properties are in high demand and
are selective in renting or leasing to applicants, you will gain a
competitive edge by having the following information with you: a
completed rental application; written references from landlords,
employers, friends and/or colleagues; and a current copy of your
What you should know
2 Carefully review all the important conditions of the tenancy before you sign on the dotted line. Your lease or rental agreement may contain a provision that you find unacceptable, such as
restrictions on guests or pets, design alterations
or running a home business.
3 Purchase renters’ insurance to cover your valuables. Your landlord’s insurance policy
will not cover your losses.
4 To avoid misunderstandings, keep copies of any correspondence with the landlord and follow up any oral agreements with a letter, outlining your understanding. For example, if you ask your landlord to make repairs, put your request in writing and
keep a copy for yourself. If he or she agrees orally, send a letter confirming this fact.
5 Learn whether the building and neighborhood you are considering are safe. Get copies of any state or local laws that require safety devices such as deadbolts and window locks; check out the property’s vulnerability to intrusion by a criminal, and learn whether criminal incidents have already occurred.
You’ll find yourself within a stone’s throw from
the river, where you can enjoy fresh air and
waterfront walks. The newest Portland bridge,
Tilikum Crossing, connects bikers and pedestrians in Southwest Portland to the Southeast
side of town, without the stress of cars.
Northwest: A mix of various residential and
industrial areas make up Northwest Portland. Beautiful homes cover the hills that
climb towards Forest Park, where you can
get meander along miles of trails and forget
you’re in a major city.
The Pearl District and Portland’s West
Hills are two of the priciest and most
desirable places to live, if you enjoy the
finer things in life like high-end shopping and sweeping views of the city. The
Pearl District is home to many converted
warehouses, as the area once served as the
city’s industrial zone.
Northeast: Northeast Portland is often
considered more settled and grown-up
than its neighbor quadrant to the South.
It’s still a great place for families, but the
hipness factor is going up these days —
thanks to hip families and singles, alike.
Mississippi Avenue and Alberta Arts
District are two of the newest trendy
neighborhoods, with young, artsy crowds
flocking to both. You’ll find Portland’s
favorite chains on these strips — drool-in-ducing storefronts include Salt & Straw ice
cream and Little Big Burger.
But there’s much more to Northeast Portland than the newest cocktail bars and
boutique clothing shops. Some of the
more diverse areas of Portland inhabit this
part of the city too, like the King neighborhood along Martin Luther King Blvd.
Northeast Portland is a reflection of how
fast the city is changing as whole, but still
hanging on to the heart of its character.
North Portland: You might call it “NoPo”
if you wind up calling North Portland
home. This neighborhood is left out of
the city’s traditional four quadrants of
reference (SE, NE, SW, NW) but North
Portland is increasing in popularity as
a place to call home. You tend to find
more established Portlanders rather than
transplants in this part of town — but
Photo courtesy of Southpark Square Apartments