Statewide rent control in Oregon—a concept that terrifies landlords and some economists—appears set to sail through the Legislature.

Senate Bill 608, which would limit rent increases and bar no-cause evictions after a tenant’s first year in a building, has powerful sponsorship from House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) and Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick (D-Portland). On Jan. 14, the bill received the endorsement of Gov. Kate Brown.

“We also need to help Oregonians who have homes but are struggling with the high cost of rent,” Brown said in her inaugural address. “We can help landlords and tenants navigate this tight housing market. Speaker Kotek and Sen. Burdick have innovative proposals that will give renters some peace of mind.”

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