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
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 Cathedral Park.
North Portland is arguably the least accessible to downtown, with an approximately
twenty-minute commute, but the affordable
housing options make up for the distance.
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 your search
will point you in the direction of the path to
your perfect place.
Renter’s Insurance: Property owners in
Oregon are required to insure their buildings,
but that insurance does not protect tenants
in the event that your property is stolen or
damaged. That’s what renter’s insurance is for.
Renters insurance will also protect you in the
event that the apartment is damaged as a result
of your actions, like a flood occurring after the
faucet was left on.
Landlords have the right to require renter’s
insurance of their tenants, and this regulation
is becoming more and more common. This
requirement must be communicated in the
lease and cannot exceed $100,000 in required
coverage. Before you start looking for apartments, it’s helpful to take inventory of your
valuable belongings and speak to an insurance
agent about what it would cost to cover them.
Renter’s insurance will give you peace of
mind and protection for your home. For only
about $170 per year, it can save you thousands of dollars in a variety of otherwise
Regulations, Fire Codes, and Grilling: It’s
important to read all of the fine print and be
aware of what you are and are not allowed to
do on your rented Portland property.
Renters in Oregon are responsible for checking
their smoke detectors, at least once every six
months, and changing the batteries as needed.
If the smoke detectors are defective, landlords
are responsible for replacing them.
Portlanders enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities, but when it comes to using your outdoor
space at your apartment, there are some rules
you must consider. The use of charcoal and
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.