Oregon is in a housing crisis; especially when it comes to renters. Rents are rising much faster than wages, and people are losing their homes through no fault of their own due to the practice of "no-cause evictions." This has fueled a rapid rise in homelessness, housing instability, and the crushing of dreams for many families -- and if you're a renter in Oregon, it can happen to you too.
Enough is enough. It's time for the Oregon Legislature to act and protect families who work so hard to keep a roof over their heads.
1. It's time to end no-cause evictions. As it currently stands, no matter how great a renter you are, or how long you've lived in a home, you can lose your home without cause. That's right, your landlord can tell you to leave without giving you a reason.
2. It's time to let Oregon cities decide whether or not rent-stabilization is right for them. Currently, Oregon state law prohibits cities from enacting rent-control unless extenuating circumstances exist -- and if lawmakers can agree on what those extenuating circumstances are. That's right. If Oregon City wants to enact rent-stabilization, they are BARRED from doing so. Some markets are at a critical moment where continued housing instability due to rising rents will undermine their entire economic success as a city -- they need the freedom to enact rent-stabilization if they deem necessary.