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SE Portland man facing eviction wins in court, but says he's been priced out of Portland

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John Morales is looking for a ride back to New Orleans, after losing his job and getting evicted from his SE Portland apartment.

Morales challenged the 72-hour eviction notice from his landlord in court, because he did not receive a proper 72 hours notice.  He also kept receipts detailing his previous payments, and eventually reached a settlement with his landlord that would allow him to stay in his apartment until December 4th, but he hasn’t been able to find a new place to live at a price he can afford.

“With the deposits and the low-paying restaurant work that I do… I’m a line cook. It just doesn’t add up to where I could stay here. I would love to stay here,” said Morales.

Morales is one of a growing number of Portland residents both struggling to make ends meat and struggling to stay in their rental housing. 

The City of Portland passed an ordinance in October requiring 90-day notice for rent increases above five percent and for no-cause evictions.

That ordinance has been challenged in a lawsuit by a Portland property owner.

Morales paid $600 a month for a room in a four bedroom home, sharing a bathroom and kitchen with housemates that were complete strangers. 

While he would prefer to stay in Portland, Morales said the market appears to be out of his range of affordability. 

He is currently looking for a ride share back to New Orleans, where he can stay with friends and family.

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