Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Innovation. Collaboration. Practical Solutions.
City of Portland, Oregon
Ted Wheeler, Mayor • Susan Anderson, Director
On the move?
Don’t move what you don’t need.
Plan before you pack:
y Sort through your stuff and decide what goes with you,
and what doesn’t.
y Find free moving boxes online.
y Donate clothing and household items in good condition.
y Recycle what you can, and safely dispose of what you can’t.
Download our moving guide!
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is your resource for sustainable
consumption, recycling, composting and garbage information.
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. Under-
standing 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 unpleasant scenarios.
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
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
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 gas grills on combustible
porches or within 10 feet of combustible
construction is not allowed. You should