When I moved to Portland 10 years ago, I fell in love with this community. Portlanders, whether lifelong residents or newer arrivals like me, care about this city and each other, and I found myself at home. I had an adorable and relatively affordable rental on Munjoy Hill and a close group of friends within a few blocks.

After five years there, that apartment was sold to a part-time resident and, as had happened to most of my friends already, I was forced to move. Unlike so many evicted Portlanders, I was lucky to have the resources to buy my own condo in Portland the following year.

When I moved in with my now-husband, I kept my condo as a rental property. I charge a market rate in order to cover the mortgage and costs, and I feel an obligation to not jack up the rent just because I can. I could make more money off my condo, but doing so would also make Portland less affordable for so many of the people who love this city the way I do and make this city less like home.

I’m a Portland landlord, and I oppose Question A because the current rent control and tenant protections that Portland voters approved just last year strike the right balance between letting landlords like me make a decent return on our investments and keeping our city a place where anyone can afford to live and love. Vote “no” on Question A on Tuesday.

Sarah Graulty

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