House Bill 2004 – An Urgent Call to Action


Here’s a summary of House Bill 2004.  It passed the House and but there was significant lobbying on behalf of corporate property owners and there are rumblings that it might fail in the Senate where it is currently in the Committee on Human Services.  This bill is monumentally critical right now as the gold-rush of speculative development continues, displacement is not slowing down, and a growing number are at risk of homelessness due to no-cause evictions and astronomical rent increases.


Prohibits landlord from terminating month-to-month tenancy without cause after first six months of occupancy except under certain circumstances with 90 days’ written notice and payment of amount equal to one month’s periodic rent.

Prohibits landlord from terminating month-to-month tenancy without cause after first six months of occupancy except under certain circumstances with 90 days’ written notice and payment of relocation expenses] amount equal to one month’s periodic rent. Provides exception for certain tenancies for occupancy of dwelling unit in building or on property occupied by landlord as primary residence. Makes violation defense against action for possession by landlord. Requires fixed term tenancy to become month-to-month tenancy upon reaching specific ending date, unless tenant elects to renew or terminate tenancy. Requires landlord to make tenant offer to renew fixed term tenancy. Repeals statewide prohibition on city and county ordinances controlling rents.] Permits city or county to implement rent stabilization program for rental of dwelling units. Declares emergency, effective on passage.

I urge you to visit this site where it will lookup your legislator and bring up an email form.  You can either edit the text of the email or send it as-is tell your Senator that you demand affordability and rent stabilization, ask them to vote YES when the bill gets to the floor.
 In addition, I urge you to contact members of the Human Services Committee to ask them to expediently take it to a full vote, as this housing crisis is a true emergency. If you can only spare 5 minutes today to do something important for your community, please email or make a call to express your support!
Sen.SaraGelser@state.or.us     503-986-1708
Sen.MichaelDembrow@oregonlegislature.gov    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1723    District Phone: 503-281-0608
sen.timknopp@oregonlegislature.gov   503-986-1727
Sen.LaurieMonnesAnderson@oregonlegislature.gov   503-986-1725
Sen.AlanOlsen@oregonlegislature.gov  Capitol Phone: 503-986-1720  District Phone: 503-266-4599
DEMOCRACY IS A VERB! DEMOCRACY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT!