In April, your bravery, dedication, calls, emails, and showing up to Salem convinced the House of Representatives to pass historic legislation from their chamber: Just Cause Evictions and lifting the ban on Rent-Stabilization passed the House. In 2016, we could barely get our lawmakers to extend notice periods for no cause terminations. This progress should be celebrated. This historic victory belongs to you.
This is significant progress that would not have been possible without you.
- In 2016, we extended notice periods for rent-increases to 90 days for the entire state, and made it impossible for rents to be increased at all in the first year of month-to-month tenancies.
- In 2015, our #RenterStateofEmergency campaign kicked of housing emergencies to be declared around the state in Portland, Milwaukie, Bend, and even in other parts of the nation. #RenterSOS won more notice for rent-increases and no-cause evictions in some jurisdictions and laid the foundation for many tenant protection policies we’re seeing develop now across Oregon.
- In 2014, we helped change the way landlords apply our payments, no longer allowing them to exploit our rent money in dishonest ways.
- In 2014, we helped make it illegal for landlords to reject tenants based on pending arrests or arrests that resulted in no conviction.
- In 2013, CAT fought to expand housing opportunity for tenants with Section 8 vouchers, by including them as a protected class in the Fair Housing Act. As of 2014, Oregon landlords can no longer say, “I don’t accept Section 8.” We also added protections for tenants with high barriers for housing, by placing limits on how a landlord can screen a rental application.
- In 2009, we won more protections for tenants in Oregon, limiting the types of fees a landlord could charge and how much they could charge.
- In 2009, in collaboration with housing advocates throughout Oregon, CAT won a new source of funding, called the Document Recording Fee, which generates over $15 million every two years for housing development, preservation and services in all of Oregon.
- Since 2008, we’ve organized over 50 buildings to win needed repairs, fight back against rent-increases and evictions.
- In 2005, CAT won stronger protections for tenants from discrimination and retaliation. Landlords have to tell us why they’re denying us housing so we can better equip ourselves to fight back.