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The registration requirement was passed last year, before the City Council started considering new tenant screening and other rental requirements.

KOIN 6 NEWS - Portland is creating an inventory of all rental properties.Landlords with rentals in Portland must register their names and the addresses of their units with the city Revenue Division by April 15.

The deadline is approaching as the City Council considers tenant screening and other requirements landlords much meet intended to increase the availability of housing to more people, including those with criminal records. The council passed the registration requirement last year, however, in order to create a current inventory of all rental housing units in the city.

Revenue Division Director Thomas Lannom estimates there are around 20,000 landlords with approximately 120,000 rental units in the city.

"The final number could be higher or lower," Lannom says.

He notes that landlords already must obtain city business licenses and file business license tax returns every year.

Lannom says landlords and any other business owner can request an extension until Oct. 15, which means the final number of landlords and their unit will not be released until the beginning of next year.

There is no registration fee for the first year, although not registering could result in a penalty.

You can learn more about the registration requirement here.

The council was briefed on the new tenant protections proposed by Commission Chloe Eudaly on Wednesday, April 3. It will take public testimony on Thursday.

You can read a previous Portland Tribune story on the issue here.


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