Call For Action

Call For Action: Stop Rent Control!

Yesterday, HB 2004-A was scheduled for a Work Session on Wednesday, May 31.

Your voices made an impact with the House of Representatives, now it's time to contact your Senator. Let's stop this bill in the Senate!

The Senate Committee on Human Services’ scheduled Work Session will culminate in a committee vote on HB 2004-A – potentially passing the bill to the Senate floor for a final vote. The Senate is all that stands in the way of this bill passing and being signed by Governor Brown.

On April 4, HB 2004-A passed the House by one-vote! This bad policy was illustrated by abipartisan group of legislators banning together to vote NO. We can stop this at the committee level by coming together and letting our Senators know how REALTORS® feel about HB 2004-A.

Here's what the bill does:

  • Allows for San Francisco-style rent control, or worse;
  • Impacts the no-cause eviction law; and
  • Requires landlords to pay for evicted tenants to move.

Economists agree: Rent control hurts the very people it’s supposed to help. Capping profits discourages investments in multi-family units. Existing units will be converted to condos and developments in the pipeline will be changed to owner-occupied units as well.

This is a bad policy at the worst possible time. Our housing supply is already years behind.

 

Take Action Today:

  • Contact your Legislator so we can stop this bill in the Senate by completing this form
  • Submit testimony: shs.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov
  • Show up to testify: Wednesday, May 31 at 1:00 pm, Oregon State Capitol, Hearing Room D

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Message

Dear [Decision Maker],

I oppose House Bill 2004-A. There is no compromise on rent control. This is simply bad policy that will hurt the people that it is supposed to be helping. Almost universally, economists agree that rent control is a bad thing and does not work.

Among the unintended consequences are:
-It discourages new investment housing when we need it most;
-It discourages maintenance and needed upgrades;
-It reduces household mobility;
-It encourages the conversion of apartments into condominiums;
-It requires landlords to pay for evicted tenants to move; and
-It allows tenants one year to file a complaint for any violation of the bill with 3-months rent + damages due to the tenant.

Please represent me and your constituents at the state capitol. Look at the facts. This is a bad policy. We should be working on better solutions to raising rents like increasing supply!

Respectfully, your constituent,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]

 

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