Request for a Temporary Restraining Order and Injunction against the City of Portland was Denied

Dear Members of Multifamily NW,

Our request for a temporary restraining order and injunction against the City of Portland was denied today. This means that the FAIR ordinance regulations will go into effect on March 1, despite the city’s inability to provide a clear path forward for compliance.

This request was the first step in our lawsuit against the city. Our legal fight will continue over the next six months to a year, with the potential for a more expedited process. We will be sure to share more information on these legal proceedings as they are available.

Portland continues to struggle to provide even basic answers on how housing providers are supposed to comply with these complex, vague and experimental rules. Despite this, the Multifamily NW Forms Committee is continuing to prepare updated compliant forms for those doing business within Portland city boundaries. Multifamily NW staff is attending the city’s trainings in order to provide our members with the most up-to-date information. We will work diligently to ensure our members have the best available information to navigate these misguided laws.

I want to personally thank members of Multifamily NW and our leaders for their support in this fight. We could not do this without you.


Deborah Imse, MPA
Multifamily NW
Executive Director
The Association Promoting Quality Rental Housing