As president of the Central Oregon Rental Owners Association, Melody Luelling has been fielding a lot of hotline calls about the rent control bill that’s quickly working its way through Oregon’s Democrat-controlled Legislature.

Some of the callers are landlords who have been charging rents that are below the market rate and want to catch up before the bill passes, Luelling said.

Others want to get rid of tenants who’ve been paying their rent late or have unauthorized pets or roommates.

“Right now you can give them a no-cause notice and have them move away,” she said.

Senate Bill 608 passed the Senate Tuesday, 17 to 11, and is expected to pass the House. Effective immediately, it would make Oregon first in the nation to enact statewide rent control.

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