Some Portland landlords believe that the Fair Rent proposal going before voters Nov. 7 (Question 1 on the city ballot) will make it harder to evict problem tenants.

Having been a renter and a landlord myself, I see this issue from both sides: Property owners want good renters, and renters want housing stability for their families.

This referendum provides ample opportunities for just-cause evictions, such as failure to pay rent, illegal behavior or breach of the lease. It allows landlords the right to simply not renew a lease when it expires, and it creates a tenant-landlord board to help mediate disputes with fairness and transparency, which benefits both sides.

Question 1 is an example of what true democracy should be: creating democratic processes to uphold the rights of poor and working-class people so they are not drowned out by the tide of development.

Get the facts about rent stabilization, and vote “yes” to bring more democracy to Portland.

Kathryn Sykes

Portland