Oregon Democrats have stripped the tenants rights legislation, House Bill 2004, of its strongest protections after taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the landlord lobby.
With tenants' rent money, Landlords lobbied successfully to remove the provision that would have allowed cities to enact rent stabilization, while the provision that ends no-cause evictions is now riddled with loopholes, allowing any determined landlord to completely elude all of the protections of the bill.
Oregon's deep housing crisis cannot be fixed with shallow solutions. Renters cannot simply wait for more supply; they are facing homelessness and destabilization NOW. Democrats still have time to reverse course: lift the ban on rent control and end no-cause evictions by restoring HB 2004 to its original version as introduced in the Legislature.