Oregon strengthens eviction and rent increase protections. In 2019, Oregon became the first state to pass a rent control bill. Senate Bill 608 limits landlords’ ability to increase rent to just 7 percent per year, plus the annual change in the consumer price index. The bill also requires landlords to give a reason for evicting tenants who have been living in their unit for over one year. If the eviction reason is not due to lease violations, the tenant may also be entitled to one month of rent compensation from the landlord. As half of all renters in Oregon spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent and utilities, this policy change marks an important step toward addressing the statewide housing crisis. Learn more.