Exciting News! Eugene City Council Approves Phase 2 Renter Protections.
Statement from Eugene Tenant Alliance on the Approval of Phase 2 Renter Protections
Dear community members,
We are thrilled to share some incredible news with you all! The Eugene City Council has just approved Phase 2 of renter protections in an impactful 5-2 vote, and we couldn't be more excited about the groundbreaking measures it includes!
Leading the way is the provision for relocation assistance, often referred to as displacement assistance. Under these new rules, landlords are now required to provide tenants facing no-cause evictions or specific landlord-based lease terminations with two months' worth of current rent. This means that tenants experiencing sudden housing changes will have the support they need to transition to new homes without unnecessary hardships.
But that's not all! Phase 2 of renter protections brings additional essential benefits to our community. We now have a maximum security deposit policy in place, ensuring that landlords cannot charge more than two months' rent as a deposit. This protection will offer peace of mind to renters, giving them the financial stability they deserve.
Moreover, the City Council has made strides to streamline the rental application process, mandating that applications be processed in the order received. From now on, the city will also collect substantial data on both for-cause and no-cause evictions, being able to publish these rates for our area for the first time.
At the heart of these protections lies a commitment to prevent homelessness and support the well-being of our fellow community members. By enacting these measures, the City Council is taking critical steps towards a more equitable and compassionate housing environment.
The Eugene Tenant Alliance is incredibly grateful for the councilors who stood in support of these vital protections. Together, we are advocating for common-sense consumer housing protections, championing pro-housing, pro-renter candidates, and empowering individuals to organize on the political front.
As we celebrate this momentous achievement, we recognize that there is still much to be done. Our mission is to continue collaborating with city officials and advocating for further measures that preserve affordable housing and protect tenant rights.
We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has supported these efforts, and we are invigorated to continue our journey towards a more inclusive and thriving community for all.
Let's keep working together to build a brighter future!
With excitement and determination,
Organizer, Eugene Tenant Alliance