Oregon lawmakers consider statewide rent control

If it passes, it will cap how much landlords can increase rent at 7% plus inflation. The bill would also offer other protections including banning no cause evictions after the first year.

Posted: Feb 5, 2019 5:52 PM
Updated: Feb 5, 2019 5:59 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A proposed bill could make Oregon the first state in the country to have statewide rent control.

Senate Bill 608, has left committee and is headed for a vote by the Senate. If it passes, it will cap how much landlords can increase rent at 7% plus inflation. The bill would also offer other protections including banning no cause evictions after the first year.

Yubitza Perez is a single mother in Springfield and supports the bill.

"Some of us are struggling especially single moms," said Perez. "We can't really pay our rent and so I think this will be great."

Jim Straub has been a landlord for close to close years and is the Legislative Director for the Oregon Rental Housing Association who represents landlords across the state. The association is taking a neutral stance of the bill. He told KEZI 9 News, it won't be an industry killer.

"It allows landlords some flexibility and workability within the system as well as providing some safety and security for families," Straub said.

Not everyone is in favor of this bill. Jim Hill, a Eugene landlord testified before state lawmakers, told KEZI 9 News the proposed bill does nothing to address the supply of affordable housing and it disincentives them to improve their older apartments.

"Obviously, there is a lot for landlords to dislike in the bill," Straub said. "But it is not as bad as it could have been."

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