Rent Board

​membership

The City Council appointed the Rent Board members at its March 15, 2021 meeting following interviews that were conducted by the Nominating Committee. 

Portland Rent Board Members
District 1: Amir Familmohammadi, Tenant (Term to Expire 03/30/2025)
District 2: Josef Kijewski, Homeowner (Term to Expire 03/30/2025)
District 3: Elliot Simpson, Tenant (Term to Expire 03/30/2024)
District 4: Ian McCracken, Landlord (Term to Expire 03/30/2023)
District 5: Austin Sims, Home Owner (Term to Expire 03/30/2024)
At-Large: Elias Kann, Tenant (Term to Expire 03/30/2023)
At-Large: Barbara Vestal, Landlord (Term to Expire 03/30/2024)

​about the rent board

The Rent Control Ordinance, approved by voters at the November 6, 2020 election, establishes the January 1, 2021 base rent of most rental units in Portland to the rent charged in June 2020, and caps the amount by which landlords may increase that rent annually. This ordinance is applicable to both long-term rental units and short-term rental units.

In addition, the Ordinance provides various protections to tenants, including notice of rent increases, additional notice or payments before evicting certain tenants, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of funding (such as Section 8 or GA), and notice of tenants’ rights to new tenants.

Lastly, this Ordinance established the Rent Board to conduct hearings in response to tenant complaints, mediate disputes between tenants and landlords, and consider landlords’ requests for rent increases outside the scope of this Ordinance.

The Rent Board is staffed by the City's Housing Safety Office.  

Contact Us

  1. Rent Board

    rentboard@portlandmaine.gov

    Chair - Austin Sims

    Vice Chair - Barbara Vestal

AGENDAS & MINUTES

The Rent Board typically meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Click here to view agendas and backup materials from meetings.

Please note: Effective for May 2022 Meeting - Completed applications must be submitted by end of business day at least 21 days (3 weeks) prior to the next scheduled Rent Board meeting. 

MEETING RECORDINGS

Meeting recordings for meetings prior to February 10, 2022. For the latest recordings, please visit our Agenda Portal and click on the meeting to view the recording. 

April 28, 2021 Meeting                            January 26, 2022

May 11, 2021 Meeting                             February 9, 2022 

May 26, 2021 Meeting                            

June 07, 2021 Meeting                           

June 23, 2021 Meeting                          

July 28, 2021 Meeting

August 25, 2021 Meeting

September 22, 2021 Meeting

October 27, 2021 Meeting

December 1, 2021 Meeting

December 22, 2021 Meeting

PROVISIONS FOR NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING RESIDENTS

Translation and interpretation services for non-English speaking persons are available upon request. Please call (207) 756-8131 or TTY (207) 874-8557 or email housingsafety@portlandmaine.gov.


PROVISIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The City also provides oral, Braille, electronic, or large print copies of program materials upon request. Please call (207) 756-8131 or TTY (207) 874-8557 or email housingsafety@portlandmaine.gov.