Apartments in Portland come in all sizes, styles and price ranges, and they can be found in nearly every Portland neighborhood. There are several excellent places to begin your search for Portland Oregon Apartments, and we have gathered several helpful links here in our Portland Apartment Rental Guide.
How to find a Portland Home or Apartment to Rent
1. Contact Portland Property Management Companies
Portland Property Management companies can help. Portland real estate agents are typically not going to help you find a rental. In Oregon there is a Broker and Principal Broker license, which allows a licensed person to perform residential real estate sale, Broker, and allows a Principal Broker to do residential real estate sales and also supervise other Brokers. Principal Broker is the higher license. Separately, in Oregon there is a Property Management license which allows a person to rent out property as an occupation. So, if you call Portland real estate agents (Brokers) to try to get help to find a rental, the most common answer you’ll get back is, “no.” However, if you search for “Portland Property Management” online, you can call these property management companies direct and ask for help or to be placed on their rental lists for when something comes available.
2. Search Online for Rentals, But be Careful!
We recommend these sites for finding a rental in Portland, Oregon:
Be very careful when searching for a rental home or apartment online in Portland. These websites are stuffed full of rental scams. If you see a rental amount that is too good to be true, it is probably a scam. In town people have even met with people looking to rent on the porch of vacant houses pretending to be the owner (but they forgot their key) and take the rental deposit on site, only never to be seen again (they didn’t own the house, just posted a rental scam online). Never send a rental deposit in the mail or online. Make sure the person you are meeting with is the owner and take another person along with you for safety. Be careful out there!
Need a short term rental in Portland?
There are lots of great short term rental options in Portland, the best of which will be represented above. Before you book a hotel, maybe you can find a Portland tiny home for rent, Portland condo, or a nice charming Portland Victorian home in walking distance to absolutely incredible local Portland shops and restaurants. If you want to get the true Portland cultural experience, try one of the short term rental options above and skip the hotel.
Portland Renter’s Bill of Rights
Renters in Portland have a lot of rights and those rights keep expanding. Below are some great resources to learn about your Portland renter rights:
Community Alliance of Tenants – Formed in 1996, the Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) is Oregon’s only statewide, grassroots, tenant-controlled, tenant-rights organization. CAT educates, organizes and develops the leadership of low-income tenants.
City of Portland Housing Bureau – This city run office has tremendous resources available for Portland renters, from explaining Portland rental laws to connecting Portland renters with helpful community run programs and agencies.
Apartments in Portland
One of the best places to search for apartments in Portland is on the apartment pages categorized by neighborhood, because you may already know which area of Portland you’d like to rent in. If so, visit one of the Portland rental links below.
Portland Apartment Links
If you are moving to Portland you may not be sure which area of town you want to live in yet. If this is the case for you, then be sure to visit our Neighborhood pages! Portland is full of wonderful neighborhoods (nearly 100 of them!), each with with it’s own unique personality and character.
Finding your perfect apartments in Portland could be as simple as locating the neighborhood that best fits your unique lifestyle, and then searching for an apartment in that area.
Here are some of the top Portland neighborhoods you might want to check out.
Downtown – The museums, theater district, Farmer’s Market, Saturday Market, Powell’s Bookstore, summer festivals on the Portland Waterfront (Rose Festival, Blues Festival, etc.), and easy transportation along the TriMet MAX light rail line.
Old Town China Town – Classical Chinese Garden and the Portland Saturday Market, as well as lots of late night clubs and dining. Don’t miss a visit to Portland’s VooDoo Doughnut.
NW Portland – Nob Hill – Trendy little shops, boutiques, and good restaurants located along the popular strip of 23rd Ave and 21st Ave. Accessible along the street car line.
Pearl District – Coffee shops, restaurants, upscale shopping, trendy home furnishings, this is a city lover’s dream.
Alberta Arts District – Indie shops, unique restaurants, bars, art, and a fun creative vibe. East of the river.
Lloyd Center – Home of the Rose Quarter with tons of great Portland events year round.
Sellwood – Cute neighborhood features shops, antique shops, and independent
Hawthorne – Fun Southeast Portland neighborhood with fun shops, restaurants, and the
Additional Portland Rental Information
If you’re moving to Portland or relocating within Portland, here are some links to help you get your mail, driver’s license, and utilities all squared away for a smooth move to your new home.
Change of Address
Change your Address with the US Postal Service – Fill out the form online.
Change Driver’s License
Change your Driver’s License Address with the DMV – complete their on-line form, or print and mail it in.
Oregon.gov has an updated Portland map page of all local utility providers.
Disclaimer – While we have done our best to compile the Portland apartments information, we are not responsible for the accuracy of the information provided, nor do we have any relationship or ties to the apartments that are listed. We have no control over their rental rules or policies, so please check directly with each apartment to get the most accurate, up to date information. Thank you.