PORTLAND, Ore. (PORTLAND TRIBUNE) — Mayor Ted Wheeler endorsed the rent control bill to be considered by the 2019 Oregon Legislature and the current Residential Infill Project recommendations at his monthly press conference on Thursday.
Although both proposals are controversial, Wheeler said they are necessary to make housing in the city as affordable as possible.
“Imagine Portland if people working in the culinary industry, artists and school teachers can’t afford to live here,” Wheeler said during the Jan. 17 press conference.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Democratic legislative leaders are currently discussing a bill that would limit future rent increases in Oregon to 7 percent plus inflation in buildings more than 15 years old and prohibit no-cause evictions for tenants who have lived in a house or building for more than a year. Landlord organizations are expected to oppose it.