Bill aimed at protecting home renters passes state Senate

The bill passed on Tuesday with 17 in favor and 11 opposed. It now goes to the House.

Posted: Feb 12, 2019 12:57 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Lawmakers in the Oregon Senate approved a bill that aims to protect home renters amid a statewide housing crisis, with the measure restricting landlords from terminating tenancy and from imposing large rent increases.

The bill passed on Tuesday with 17 in favor and 11 opposed. It now goes to the House.

Sen. Tim Knopp, a Republican from Bend, said before he voted no that the bill doesn't address the supply issue.

But Sen. Jeff Golden, D-Rogue Valley, said the alternative is to leave renters vulnerable.

The bill prohibits landlord from terminating month-to-month tenancy without cause after 12 months of occupancy. It also limits maximum annual rent increases to seven percent above annual change in consumer price index.

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