Renter State of Emergency

#RenterSOS: We need your help! We can only build the #RenterStateofEmergency campaign, and win protections against drastic rent hike and no-cause evictions, if we have full community support. Our #RenterSOS was built by and for tenants, but we also need support from supporters, allies, and sympathetic landlords too!

Renter State of Emergency Demands:

  1. We are calling for an immediate moratorium of no-cause terminations for one year.
  2. We are also demanding that rent hikes over 5% have a mandatory minimum notice of one year. 30 or 60 days is not enough, either to move quickly or absorb a shocking rent increase, especially in today’s disaster-like housing crisis.
  3. We are also calling on sympathetic landlords themselvesto sign the ‘#RenterSOS Landlord Pledge,’ and voluntarily agree to protect their own tenants from displacement.

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Portland City Council Approves 90 day notice for 
Rent Increases over 5%
No-Cause Terminations
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Renter State of Emergency Next Steps: Taking #RenterSOS to the State!

Urgent #RenterStateofEmergency Update:
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The 2016 Oregon State Legislative Session begins next week, and CAT is supporting HB 4001, Rep. Alissa-Keny Guyer’s “Housing Relief Act.” 

In our #RenterStateofEmergency declaration, we called for a moratorium on no-cause evictions for one year, and a one-year notice period for rent increases over 5%.  Like the Portland 90-Day Notice ordinance, this bill is a step forward, and will set the stage for genuine Just Cause Evictions legislation and protections against destabilizing rent increases in the 2017 Oregon legislative session.

Here is what is included in the Housing Relief Act bill, HB 4001:

  1. Increased notice period for no-cause terminations from 60 days to 90 days, after the first year of occupancy.
  2. Eviction relocation assistance: Require a landlord to pay the tenant one month’s rent with the no-cause termination, after first year of occupancy, to help with relocation costs and deposit on next rental.
  1. Restore the former presumption of retaliation if a landlord terminates a tenancy with a no-cause notice within six monthsafter a tenant complains.
  1. Increase notice period for rent increases from 30 days to 90 days.
  1. Prohibit rent increases during the first year of a tenancy.


Here are the details for next steps:

WHAT: Legislative Hearing on HB 4001, Rep. Alissa-Keny Guyer’s “Housing Relief Act”

WHEN: This Monday February 1, 2016 at 3pm

WHERE: Salem Capitol in Hearing Room D.

HOW: Go in your own car or come in the van with us to Salem this Monday -February 1, 2016!     (to reserve a space on the van leaving CAT at 1 pm, email by Saturday 5pm)
Can’t make it to Salem on Monday? You can still make your voice heard!

Here’s the link to provide your testimony before 1 pm on Monday electronically by filling out the fields:

The bill will be heard at the Capitol in Salem, on Monday February 1st, 3pm in Hearing Room D. The landlords will come out in force to oppose this bill, and we need Tenant Power to counter their arguments!

Let us help you prepare your most effective 3 minute testimony:
Please email if you want to join us in Salem. Tenants can just be present to show support, or can work with CAT staff to prepare 3-minute testimony.

Come join CAT and our allies to demand statewide tenant protections against no-cause evictions and rent increases. 

Make your voice heard!



Visit the #RenterSOS  Social Media Campaign Page Here

We are calling for a moratorium or suspension of no-cause terminations for one year, and to increase the notice period of rent increases over 5% of rent, from the current 30 days, to one year. 30-days’ notice is not enough, either to move quickly or absorb a shocking rent increase, especially in today’s disaster-like housing crisis. We are also calling on sympathetic landlords themselves, to sign the “#RenterSOS Landlord Pledge,” and voluntarily agree to protect their own tenants from displacement.

Click here to download the #RenterSOS Full Campaign Packet

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Renter State of Emergency Action Steps

1. Join our social media campaign by sharing your story (see #3 below) and sharing your photo.

Download the #RenterStateOfEmergency placard pdf (click here to download) and take a selfie with the Renter State of Emergency sign. Get your neighbors and friends to join in too – we need all renters and allies on board to demand the relief we need to happen now! Email photos and stories to


2.  Donate Now to Help CAT keep the Pressure On for Disaster Relief in our Housing Crisis!

CAT’s Renter State of Emergency Campaign is gaining momentum and local government is paying attention – help us keep the focus on this crisis and its impact on tenants.

Donate today and share the link widely to all in your network; all giving is welcome – give as much as you can!


3. Landlords: Sign the #RenterSOS Landlord Pledge.

I voluntarily agree to issue only for-cause termination notices to the tenants I do business with for one year. Tenants deserve to stay in their homes if they are current on rent and have not violated the lease. Also, I agree to raise the rents no more than 5% over the next year. It is unreasonable to drastically raise the rents on hard working families, even if the market will allow me to charge much higher rents.


4. Tenants: Share your own story of evictions, rent hikes and displacement.

We need to hear from you – we need to show exactly how widespread the issue is – please share with us information on any recent evictions of entire buildings you know of, or buildings where tenants were displaced because of drastic rent hikes. Please also share your own personal stories of no-cause evictions, shocking rent increases and other stories that show the need for immediate relief. 

Your stories (please keep it to 200 words or less) will show how widespread this housing crisis is and what it means to our neighborhoods, our schoolchildren, our families, and our workplaces. Your stories will power our demand for relief now. Spread the word for every renter you know to email us – we’ll add you to our e-newsletter and keep you posted on upcoming activities and actions!

Please email us your story and contact info to

If you can, answer these questions in your email:

  • How has a drastic rent increase or eviction affected your life? When did this happen?
  • Have you or anyone you know experienced rent hikes your income can’t keep up with? We you forced you to move out, or make other drastic decisions that affected your life? When?
  • Do you know of a building, or lived in one yourself, where all or most the tenants had to move out, either because of evictions or rent hikes?  
  • How many people live with you? Do you have children living with you?
  • What is your race or ethnicity? Do you have a disability?
  • What percent of your income currently goes to rent?
  • How long did you live in the house you were displaced from (if you were)?
  • In which neighborhood or area did you live, and where did you have to move?
  • (Optional) Do you fear becoming homeless this year (have you experienced homelessness already)?

CAT can help you share your story, on our #RenterSOS social media platforms, and with regular media, community leaders, or elected officials, but only with your permission.

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