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Oregon Becomes First to Pass Statewide Rent Control Bill

February 28, 2019, 12:30 PM HST
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed the first mandatory statewide rent control bill in the U.S., according to an Oregon news station.

The bill caps rent increases and bans no-cause evictions across the state, as it struggles to control a spiraling housing crisis.

The Democratic governor said the measure will “provide some immediate relief to Oregonians struggling to keep up with rising rents.”

The law will limit rent increases to 7% each year, plus inflation.

After the first year of occupancy, landlords must provide just cause before evicting tenants.

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The law will take effect immediately as Democrats who control the Legislature say the housing crisis is an emergency.

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