The Portland City Council recently decided to impose rent control on the city of Portland. They are going to use the next several months to craft a permanent rent control ordinance that will put a cap on rents in Portland Oregon and force landlords to pay for the moving costs for renters if they are given a No Cause Eviction. What this means is there will be higher increases in rents at the turnover, higher fees to obtain rental properties and fewer rentals available because investors are not going to develop more rental housing at a level that will keep up demand and rent control does nothing to decrease demand.
This means the impact on the working poor, and the poor will be massive with Black and Hispanic families hit the hardest. This will eventually lead to the City of Portland seeing an increase in the pace of which the none white population of Portland is moving out of Portland. Not because of racist landlords and not because of any community effort to evict none white out of Portland. It is simply math. There are approximately 330,000 white people that rent or are looking for rent in Portland. There are about 20,000 black people that rent or are looking for rent in Portland. That ends up that 1 in 13 people in Portland is looking for a home to live is not white. Eventually what the consequence will be is that it will be less and less likely that black people will have their applications approved. Not because of racism from the property owners but the odds are against the population in general. It is simple math. Racist policy by a progressive city council that is making racist public policy. To me, this means black people that rent and voted for a liberal in Portland did not vote in their best interest because I do not feel a conservative on Portland City Council would have voted for Rent Control.
The issue is the city of Portland has failed in developing more public housing, and they have priced affordable housing out of the private sector with their massive fees and long turnaround times for permits and planned approvals. Had they not made it so difficult for private sector developers to create housing we would have seen more housing and thus a wider range of affordable housing and the market would have protected non-whites from being priced out.
Metro has also failed the black population because they should have stepped in and warned the city of this possible result by lagging in the development of housing. Metro should have also been willing to extend the urban growth boundary when they notice the population was growing faster than projected. So now that we have a rental crisis, the only tool the city council has chosen to use is the tool that historically has caused lower-middle-class people, the poor and minorities to move out of the rent control market.
Approving rent control could one day be deemed the most deliberate act of evicting black people from Portland Oregon since 1946 if not in the history of Portland itself.