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Group says city wants to end renter background checks

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A group of property managers and owners called More Housing Now claims Portland city commissioner Chloe Eudaly is trying to get rid of criminal background checks for renters in Portland.

In a video shared online Tuesday, More Housing Now claims tenants won't be notified if a sex offender moves in because "it will be illegal for the property owner to find out." 

Jamey Duhamel, Eudaly's chief policy advisor, said that's not the case. 

She said Eudaly is working on a plan to regulate how landlords screen potential renters but criminal history will be one of several factors property owners and managers look at, along with credit and rental history. 

"We can't do that," Duhamel said. "The state law mandates landlords can do a criminal background check."

Eudaly's office said it's proposing changes to make it easier for people who have a hard time finding housing due to problems in their past. 

Some in the rental business argue it may be addressing social issues but won't help solve the housing crisis.

Follow Lisa Balick on Twitter @lisabkoin


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