SB 611 Hearing Delayed
Rent Cap Update - SB 611
If you are not familiar with the details of the bill to cap rent in Oregon, you can watch this video here.
The hearing for SB 611 has been pushed back a couple of weeks to the first week of March. Our hope is that this schedule change will meet our request to hold the hearing at 5pm instead of at 8am. With a schedule change, working people will be able to testify remotely, and we won’t have testimony time limited to 40 minutes in total. (a big win)
This gives us a few more weeks to organize. One of the main ways you can help ahead of the hearing is by writing written testimony. We made a testimony template here. Make your edits, and send it to us at email@example.com and we will submit it on your behalf. We also promise to print out two copies and deliver one to your senator, and one to your representative when we go to Salem for the hearing. You are welcome to join us, and we are organizing carpools from Portland and Eugene. We are still collecting signatures for our petition in support of capping rent increases, Sign it here.
We made a video how-to if you want to follow along for any particular bill. It’s helpful to know when a bill gets scheduled for a hearing, or moves out of committee, etc
Capping Application Fees at $10 - SB 684
We are working to get a hearing scheduled for this bill. We have a draft 1-pager we’ve started circulating to legislators to build support. If you are part of a community based organization, and you want to add your logo to our one pager, please email your logo to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add it. Be sure to check out Scar Farris’s letter in this week's Eugene Weekly in support of capping application fees. Thank you Scar for taking time to write about this important issue.
If you have a moment, please fire off an email to Sen. Manning asking him to help us get this bill scheduled.
Subject: Help us get SB684 scheduled!
Dear Sen. Manning,
Thank you for being such a strong ally to renters in your district. When a Lane County judge struck down our cap on application fees last week, we lost a critical consumer protection. Please work to get SB 684 scheduled in the Senate Housing Committee. We are counting on you.
Eugene Renter Protections
In order to gear up for a supposed hearing for Renter Protections Phase 2, we are attending city council meetings to speak up in support. The next one is Feb. 13 at 7:15pm.
I’ll be attending in person with the seniors at Eugene Hotel. You are welcome to join us, either on zoom, or in person. Meeting details here. Sample testimony here. One pager here.
Eugene Tenant Alliance General Meeting
Eugene Tenant Alliance holds their general meetings every 3rd Wednesday at 6pm.That’s coming up this week. We strive to keep it about an hour, but we have time after to answer any burning questions you might have. If you want a calendar invite with the zoom link, shoot us an email and we will include you.