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Wed Feb 6, 2019, 12:26 AM

Rent control: Senate Dems push Republicans aside to advance their first priority bill

Moving quickly on their first major bill of the 2019 legislative session, Senate Democrats passed out of committee Monday night a measure to cap rent increases statewide, in the process rankling Republican leaders already frustrated with being pushed around by the new Democratic supermajority.

Republicans were told weeks ahead of the upper chamber's first and only public hearing for Senate Bill 608 that no amendments would be considered a departure for the usually congenial Senate.

The bill, which now goes to the full Senate for consideration, would limit rent increases to one per year and cap the maximum rent increase to 7 percent above the yearly consumer price index.

It also would prohibit landlords from issuing no-cause evictions after a month-to-month tenant has lived in a rental longer than a year.

Read more: https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2019/02/05/oregon-senate-bill-608-no-cause-eviction-rent-control-likely-pass/2773249002/

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