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Editorial: A new front opens in the attack on landlords

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

This may be obvious, but it needs to be said: Landlords are not necessarily evil.

If you keep an eye on the Oregon Legislature — or… on the Bend City Council — it would be easy to get a very different idea.

Just a few weeks ago, the Bend City Council made it harder for landlords to get rid of bad tenants…

… Some [Oregon] lawmakers have been salivating over the prospect of limiting how much landlords can raise the rent…

And now, fresh from his demonization of “huge, out-of-state corporations” and their “rich stockholders,” State Rep. Phil Barnhart, D-Eugene, has bestowed a haymaker on the increasingly contested notion that landlords should be free to control the use of their own property…

The [Barnhart] bills allow residential and commercial tenants to install electrical vehicle charging stations, even if their landlords do not want their property to be altered in that way…

Given the low regard in which so many lawmakers seem to hold landlords… no one should be surprised to see people look for other things to do with land. Housing affordability will change accordingly.

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Click here  – you’ll see that Eugene has the 2nd tightest housing market in the U.S.

As we’ve explained, “Progressives’” refusal to adjust urban growth boundaries limits construction and affordability of houses, thereby increasing demand for and prices of apartments.

So what’s Phil “Einstein” Barnhart’s answer? It’s brilliant. Phil says, “Let’s reduce incentives for building apartments. That’ll limit the supply and drive up prices even more.” Yeah, that’ll really help “The Little Guy” you Progressives love so much.

Phil – Your brilliance is absolutely unbounded. You da man!


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