Oregon aims to tackle homelessness, housing crisis

Margaret Salazar, director of Oregon Housing and Community Services, behind podium, speaks in front of Gov. Kate Brown, center left, at a news conference about a plan to attack homelessness in Salem, Ore., Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Lawmakers in the Oregon Senate approved a bill that aims to protect home renters amid a statewide housing crisis, with the measure restricting landlords from terminating tenancy and from imposing large rent increases.

The bill passed on Tuesday with 17 in favor and 11 opposed. It now goes to the House.

Sen. Tim Knopp, a Republican from Bend, said before he voted no that the bill doesn't address the supply issue.

But Sen. Jeff Golden, D-Rogue Valley, said the alternative is to leave renters vulnerable.

The bill prohibits landlord from terminating month-to-month tenancy without cause after 12 months of occupancy. It also limits maximum annual rent increases to seven percent above annual change in consumer price index.

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