Last week, Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to implement universal rent control. Senate Bill 608, signed in to law by Governor Kate Brown, will restrict annual rent increases to 7 percent and ban what is known as “no-cause” evictions, in an attempt to provide immediate, widespread relief to the state’s rent-burdened households.

Although Oregon tenant groups had been mobilizing to pass rent control legislation for over two decades, the law’s passage will address what has recently become a crisis situation, according to Pam Phan, of Oregon’s Community Alliance of Tenants. “It’s the most immediate and effective way to stop displacement and gentrification at scale.”

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