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The RHA is working to get a critical change to Rent Control passed this June: vacant units can reset base rent to market rate.  

While modest in scope, this amendment will have a significant positive impact for both existing tenants and landlords. It removes incentives for landlords to increase rents for existing tenants and allows landlords to reset base rents in vacant units when a tenant has left voluntarily.

An Act to Amend Rent Control and Tenant Protections maintains all tenant protections established in the existing Rent Control and Tenant Protections ordinance.

The Act removes incentives for landlords to increase rents for existing tenants and discourages no-cause evictions by allowing for the establishment of new Base Rents at the time of a new tenancy, but only in instances when the prior tenant moves out voluntarily.

  • This will remove the incentive for landlords to increase the rent on existing tenants

  • This will restore the incentive for landlords to invest in Portland's aging rental housing

  • Nearly all rent control systems allow landlords to return to "market rent" for vacant units. (Most Portland voters actually think this is how it works in Portland - it is not, and that's why this fix needs to be implemented ASAP!)

  • It is common-sense that landlords who are forced to take below-market rent for a vacant units will not invest in their property

The RHA recently submitted over 4,000 signatures to the City of Portland! This incredible effort would not have been possible without the active participation of our RHA members who were out knocking on doors and spreading the word about our amendment. It’s clear that there is a large swath of voters in Portland who agree that this common-sense fix should be on the ballot this June, and we are so grateful to all of you who helped to share its importance.

Your commitment has been inspiring, and we are optimistic that we will succeed as the election date gets closer. We will continue to keep you updated as the campaign gets underway, and we are confident that we will continue to see great results with your support!

Thank you for your dedication to the RHA and for helping our local housing industry achieve this important milestone. If you would like to get more involved with the campaign, please contact the RHA Administrator at

306 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

(207) 200-1301

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