Rent control: California, Washington eye anti-rent gouging proposals similar to Oregon’s

Oregon may be the first West Coast state to adopt laws crafted to stop exorbitant rent hikes, but legislators in California and Washington are eyeing similar reforms.

In California, lawmakers are considering rent control legislation that looks a lot like Oregon’s new law, calling for rent caps and limits on when landlords can evict tenants.

In Washington, Rep. Nicole Macri, a Seattle Democrat and rental reform advocate, said in an interview she would “definitely consider” introducing an anti-rent gouging proposal next session. The deadline to introduce new bills this session in Olympia has passed.

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