to many converted warehouses, as the area
once served as the city’s industrial zone.
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
Mississippi Ave 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-inducing 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, which is
home to many African American residents.
Northeast Portland is a reflection of how
fast the city is changing as whole, but still
hanging on to the heart of its character.
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 newcomers will find plenty to
appreciate here, from the Kenton neighborhood’s 30-foot-tall Paul Bunyan statue, to
the stunning St. Johns bridge and its gothic
construction rising over the well-trafficked
North Portland is arguably the least accessible to downtown, with an approximately
twenty-minute commute, but the affordable housing options make up for the
AND TENANT RIGHTS
As a renter in Greater Portland, just like in
any other city, it’s important to understand
the rights and regulations that apply to your
When you rent a home from a landlord or a
management company, you’re entering into
an important legal relationship that can have
a significant effect on your quality of life. It’s
crucial that you’re comfortable with this relationship, and feel good about the person you’ll
be dealing with when renting your home.
Reading the lease and understanding your
rights is the first step to entering a positive
relationship with the owner of your home.
Due to the high demand and low vacancy
rates of apartments in the Portland area,
it’s also important to know these things
well in advance. Once you find your perfect
apartment, you won’t want to delay. Understanding the small print, before you start
5 TENANT TIPS
1. 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 credit report.
What you should know
3. 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.
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.
2. Purchase renters’
insurance to cover your
valuables. Your landlord’s
insurance policy will not
cover your losses.
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