Fair Rent Portland

The City of Portland is surveying landlords to get more information on Portland's housing situation.

City planner Jeff Levine says the survey is being conducted because the Council's Housing Committee felt some information was lacking following the release of a 2017 Housing Report in October.

"We didn't have a good sense of what the real rents are that are being charged right now," said Levine. "We know a lot of anecdotal things but wanted to get more scientific data."

Fred Bever / Maine Public

After almost a decade of red-hot growth, rents in Portland may have reached a plateau. But it’s a high plateau, and one group is trying to put a lid on it with a proposed ballot item to limit rent hikes and create a tenant-dominated oversight board.

Abukar Adan / Maine Public

A proposed ordinance to control rent and curb evictions in Portland sparked a heated debate during a City Council hearing Wednesday night.  But opponents' arguments failed to sway the council, which voted to put the item on the November ballot.

Nora Flaherty / Maine Public/file

A new fight is brewing in Portland over whether renters deserve new protections in one of the hottest real estate markets in the nation. But the fight might not be playing out on the Nov. 7 ballot, even if petitions delivered to City Hall Monday are validated as sufficient.

Fair Rent Portland, a Portland rent reform group, says it has enough signatures to put a rent control ordinance on the Portland City ballot this fall.

The proposed ordinance would cap the amount that certain landlords could increase their rent each year, and includes other renter protections.

The group plans to deliver the signatures to the City Clerk on Monday.