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Oregon OKs 1st statewide US mandatory rent control law

Alton Fagan Maughan, the 6-year-old son of Oregon state Sen. Shemia Fagan, D-Portland, looks at Oregon's statewide renter protection bill, the nation's first, on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, as Gov. Kate Brown delivers remarks before signing it in Salem, Ore. Sen. Fagan was a sponsor of the bill. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
February 28, 2019 - 12:59 PM

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed the first mandatory statewide rent control bill for the U.S. as the economically booming state struggles to control a spiraling housing crisis.

The Democratic governor at a signing ceremony Thursday said the measure will "provide some immediate relief to Oregonians struggling to keep up with rising rents."

The law will limit rent increases to 7 per cent each year plus inflation. Landlords must also provide just cause before evicting tenants after the first year of occupancy.

The law takes effect immediately because Democrats who control the Legislature say the housing crisis is an emergency.

New York has a statewide rent control law, but cities can choose whether to participate.

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