Priced-Out Oregon Tenant Urging State Legislators To Fix Gaps In The Rent Cap Legislation

Rent Cap Legislation: After being priced out of her house, a Sherwood homeowner is petitioning state lawmakers to tighten Oregon’s rent cap regulations. Jessica Israel and her family experienced hardships in the midst of the epidemic, as did many others in Oregon.

Priced-Out Oregon Tenant Urging State Legislators To Fix Gaps In The Rent Cap Legislation

Israel explained, “My husband had been laid off twice, and then we found out we were expecting our first kid.” That’s in the year 2020. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with cancer during my pregnancy shortly after he returned to work, and he had a permanent injury that rendered him incapable of ever again doing his critical job duties.

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According to her, despite their hardships, they have been reliable renters who have always paid their bills on time. Her Sherwood complex has just raised her rent.

Rent control rules in Oregon do not apply to properties that were constructed within the last 15 years.

Priced-Out Oregon Tenant Urging State Legislators To Fix Gaps In The Rent Cap Legislation
Priced-Out Oregon Tenant Urging State Legislators To Fix Gaps In The Rent Cap Legislation

There will be a $560 rise in monthly rent for their three-bedroom apartment, from $1,750 to $2,310, according to Jessica. She is advocating for stricter laws to safeguard tenants.

We’re making the most of the situation here. Now that we have paid our expenses, we can relax. Israel said, “But it is ridiculous for anyone, regardless of what you are doing or your circumstances.”

Although it is crucial that individuals be removed from the streets, we must equally focus on ensuring that they do not end up there in the first place.
We have contacted the complex’s owner to inquire about the rent increase for Israel’s family but have not yet received a response.

The incoming governor and legislature plan to focus on ending homelessness and improving housing conditions.

Following is a thorough analysis of all 735 Senate Bills submitted since Thursday at 2:00:

  • Four Senate Bills address tenant protections and aid:Β SB 435,Β SB 601,Β SB 611,Β SB 684
  • One Senate Bill Addresses Housing Affordability:Β SB 534
  • Two Senate Bill Address Eviction Prevention through mediation:Β SB 434Β andΒ SB 600
  • Two Senate Bills Address Landlord protections and aid:Β SB 67Β andΒ SB 720
  • Three Senate Bills Address Homeowner Protections and aid: SB 156,Β SB 503,Β andΒ SB 702
  • Six Senate Bill Address housing stock:Β SB 46,Β SB 406,Β SB 632,Β SB 648,Β SB 656,Β andΒ SB 673
  • Four Senate Bills Address Homelessness:Β SB 496,Β SB 603,Β SB 658,Β andΒ SB 241

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A preliminary keyword search of the over 2,000 filed draught laws revealed that just a small fraction appeared to target tenant rights, eviction prevention, and homelessness.

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