Oregon Senators Pass 1st-In-Nation Statewide Rent Control

Oregon Senators Pass 1st-In-Nation Statewide Rent Control

2019-02-13T16:46:25-07:00February 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

The Oregon Senate voted 17-11 Tuesday to make Oregon the first state in the nation to adopt statewide rent control and make it harder for landlords to evict tenants without a reason.

Sen. Shemia Fagan, D-Portland, who recently unseated an incumbent in a race dominated by housing, opened the floor debate with a story she often told on the campaign trail: She was 15 and showed up at a large Victorian-style house in East Portland to visit her mother, who was struggling with addiction issues.

It turned out her mother lived beneath the large house, not inside.

“Instead of walking up the steps, she dropped to all fours and crawled into the porch and she invited us into her home,” Fagan told her Senate colleagues.

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