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​Oregon House Democrats

A Better Future for All Oregonians

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1900
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-295, Salem, Oregon 97301
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Our Pledge to Every Oregonian

Supporting Affordable Housing and Safe Communities

Tenant Protections: SB 608 provides critical protections for Oregon renters by establishing a just-cause eviction standard and prohibiting extreme rent increases. A landlord may only terminate a tenancy for-cause after the first 12 months of occupancy and may not increase a tenant’s rent by more than 7% + consumer price index in a 12-month period, along with other protections.

Investments in Affordable Housing: The legislature passed more than $350 million in funding for renter resources,
homeless services and prevention, affordable housing preservation, and housing supply and home ownership.

Reasonable Tenant Screening: SB 484 limits landlords to a single applicant screening charge per applicant and requires landlords to refund the screening fee to applicants who were not selected. SB 970 prohibits landlords from considering minor marijuana convictions or possession of medical marijuana when evaluating applicants.

“Missing Middle” Housing: HB 2001 provides more housing choices for Oregon families by lifting local bans on smaller, less expensive housing options like duplexes, triplexes, quads, cottage clusters, and townhomes. Local jurisdictions can regulate the siting and design of these housing types to ensure that they fit into each unique community.

Housing Preservation: HB 2896 appropriates $15 million to Oregon Housing and Community services to preserve manufactured home parks and replace unsafe and unhealthy manufactured homes with more energy efficient homes for low-income residents. HB 2002 expands laws regarding preservation of publicly supported housing to ensure that existing affordable housing remains affordable for many years to come.

Firearm Removal for Stalkers and Domestic Abusers: HB 2013 closes the “restraining order loophole” in current firearm prohibition statute and creates protocols by which the courts and law enforcement can ensure that people who have domestic violence convictions or stalking or restraining orders do not in fact possess firearms.

Workplace Fairness Act: SB 726 helps level the playing field for workers by improving workplace protections to combat harassment. This includes extending the statute of limitations in employment situations from 1 to 5 years, preventing employers from requiring non-disclosure agreements or no-rehire provisions, and directing BOLI to help create policies and procedures for both employers and employees.

Read more about 2019 affordable housing successes.

Read more about 2019 safer communities successes.