Contested tenant protection bill falters in Oregon Senate


A controversial bill that would have granted sweeping protections for tenants didn’t make it to the Oregon Senate floor for a vote.

After contentious public hearings and several amendments, House Bill 2004 failed to make it past the senate president’s desk, disappointing Oregon tenant groups, who lobbied hard for the bill to pass.

As it was introduced, HB 2004 would have effectively banned no-cause evictions statewide and would have allowed individual cities and counties to enact their own rent controls.

The rent control part of the bill was eventually taken out through an amendment, and several exceptions to the no-cause eviction ban were included in another amendment.

Even so, several organizations who supported HB 2004 were still optimistic the amended version could pass the Senate and provide some new protections to renters.

In the end, though, the votes weren’t there.

“We are deeply disappointed today, on behalf of the 1.5 million Oregonians who rent their homes, that they’re going to have to wait at least a year or even longer to see substantial protections come from the Oregon Legislature,” Alison McIntosh of the Stable Homes for Oregon Families Coalition said.

Multifamily Northwest, an organization that represents Oregon landlords, released the following statement on the failure of HB 2004.This is a statewide victory for landlords, of course, primarily because the bill didn’t address the real solution for Oregon’s housing crisis, which is the construction of more affordable and market-rate housing.The Portland City Council this year did pass its own protections against no-cause evictions, and other municipalities have the power to do the same.

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