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Oregon House approves bill to prevent sudden rent increases

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A bill that will help protect tenants from sudden rent increases was passed by the Oregon House of Representatives Tuesday and is now on its way to the Senate for consideration.  

Officials said the House Bill 4143, which passed with a 48-11 vote, will require landlords to give their tenants 90 days’ notice of any rent increases after the first year. The current requirement for a rent increase or termination is 30 days.  

Representative Chris Gorsek said the new plan will provide predictability and stability for Oregon renters.

“While we need to do much more to ensure every Oregonian has a safe and decent place to call home, I'm proud that this bill will provide precious time for working families, seniors, and all renters to plan,” Gorsek said.

Although this is good news to most Oregonians, some said they are worried landlords will not stick to this plan next year.

“I can’t help but feel that it is disappointing,” said Margot Black of Portland Tenants United. “I mean, I suppose it passing is better than it not passing but it doesn’t feel like a victory. It may be next year when we try and go further, they’ll say ‘we gave you your protections last year.’”

The House of Representatives said the Oregon renter's crisis is one of the top issues on their agenda.

In 2015, Portland city officials passed a similar law, requiring Portland landlords to give a 90-day notice to renters if rent will increase by 5 percent or more. 

If the landlord does not give required notice, he or she could owe tenants up to 3 months rent as well as damages and attorney fees. 

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