Tenants avoid no-cause evictions, credit new ordinance

Coya Crespin believes a new city ordinance prompted her landlord to rescind the no-cause evictions at Crespin's apartment complex. (KATU Photo)

Coya Crespin won't have to pack her things anytime soon: Her property owner has decided not to move forward with evictions.

The single mother of two says she got a no-cause eviction shortly after new ownership took over the Titan Manor apartments in North Portland.

"I have a 6-month-old, so I've taken off a lot of time from work. So my savings have been exhausted from that, so it couldn't have come at a worst time really," Crespin said of the eviction notice.

She knew she had to do something, so she started organizing fellow tenants, and got a lot of help from City Hall.

Shortly after Crespin got that notice, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly spearheaded a new ordinance requiring landlords to pay thousands in relocation costs for no-cause evictions or certain rent increases. Crespin believes that protection prompted her landlord to rescind all those no-cause evictions.

"Well, I admit I cried like a baby when I first found out," said Jayme Duhamel, the policy director for Eudaly.

Duhamel helped craft that ordinance. She says this reversal proves the measure is working.

"It's tremendously satisfying to know that there are people who currently have roofs over their head who would be homeless today," Duhamel said.

Now, instead of planning to move, Crespin is planning a trip to Salem. Later this week she'll testify before lawmakers in hopes of getting stronger renter protections passed at the state level.

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