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OR: Portland city leader wants landlords to forgive bad credit and crimes

[komonews.com – 3/28/19]

Hoping to get more people into homes, Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly is proposing that landlords look past a prospective renter’s ding in their credit or even their criminal past.

But when she realized the new rules might let a burglar, or an arsonist, or even a sex offender move in next door, she admitted she had to rethink the proposal.

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  1. Mp

    The people proposing this should try being a landlord. This will drive out investors and will hurt the small time landlord the most. The one’s who don’t have 401k’s and alike and rely on the rent’s in their investments for their medications and food and so forth. You know what stops a landlord from renting to someone with a record? The legal system that may hold them responsible if they harm another tenant. The stigma the felon has been given by the government itself causing the other tenant’s to freak out. The government that makes it so hard to evict someone when they don’t pay their rent, thus leaving the landlord less likely to take a risk on someone with lower income or a new job. I could go on and on…

    Oh, and I love the part……. “Eudaly’s office says a landlord will always have the right to turn away a renter they deem unsafe. But the new proposal would require them to have evidence that is the case, and to show that to a prospective tenant”…….Who determines what is evidence and then to show it to the prospect? Let’s say you have an actual dangerous person and now the landlord has to put a target on their back?

    I am all for encouraging landlords to take a bit more risk, but this is not how you do that I assure you.

    • C

      I’ll rent to an accomplished professional who happens to have a one-time sex offense in a minute, but a drugged out “homeless” bum with a record of feeding his habit before paying his rent and will likely destroy the property? F UUUUU!!!

    • Facts should matter

      You just inadvertently illustrated another punitive component of Megan’s Law – we’re forced to live under constant stress and pressure to prove ourselves. It’s just TOO much adversity to overcome seeing how we’ll never win over the hearts and minds of the public with documented research, social science and statistical facts. Not only is the label dehumanizing, it implies you’re a public safety liability that’s broken with no spare parts to fix.

  2. Timothy

    Yes the power of the electronic lists to impose affirmative disability by the people Mr. Scalia! Was the regime about the man or the machine?. I strongly suggest it is the latter; and the use for political control of speech especially. “Hate speech” is SOR as possible through our prior leadership’s choices and so the people exercise against ratified covenant ” of the people” in favor of machine.

  3. Nicholas Maietta

    If you are single, not on probation or parole, consider van or RV life, traveling around and seeing new places. Heck, in Portland you can park a van on the streets at night with no real worries.

    I’ve had my home burned to the ground. I’ve had my things stolen from me. I’ve been forced to move due to being on the registry. I’ve been denied housing and even harassed by neighbors. Screw all that. At some point in my life i thought to myself, what the hell am i doing? I’m young, have my driver’s license and am not on paper. I’m free as i’m ever going to be.

    I now have a conversion van, rebuilding now. Just a thought, people. It’s an option. A good one for me.

    • norman

      Thats all fine and good Nicholas…but how do u keep on top of the Registering thing?

    • texas

      i have proposed the exact scenario. you can deregister, say you are moving, don’t know where and travel. if you are not registered no, problems? make sure you know the limitations of each state? it might get tiring at some point, you could then leave the country without iml?
      there must be something i am missing.
      i believe you have to be registered someplace for iml to kick in?

      • Bo

        Facinating. I wonder if then your required to register Transient federally at some point? And would you be required to notify the dept of justice of your internal travel plans? Hmmm. I hope a moderator chimes in.

        • Chris f

          Most states require you to register after sentencing and if you move to another state, they require you to register there and complete some type of official hand off to make sure you are registered somewhere.

          They won’t let you just fade away. You can live in a van but many states then require weekly or monthly registration just like a homeless person that is registered.

  4. Bo

    Well, that’s only if you live, work. Or visit a state for a certain duration. If your not in the state more than a few days to a week, depending on the state, that doesnt violate anything.

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