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  • Tuesday, December 05, 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Please enjoy this months INSIDER Newsletter

    December Newsletter 2017.pdf

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    The SOROA office will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving but will be open for normal business hours on Friday November 24th.

  • Monday, November 06, 2017 3:12 PM | Anonymous

    Please enjoy this months copy of the INSIDER Newsletter

    November Newsletter 2017.pdf

  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    ASK A POT LAWYER_OCT 25, 2017

    Can Section 8 Tenants Be Evicted for Smoking Weed?

    Classic Lawyer Answer: It Depends

    By Vince Sliwoski

    I have to give you the classic lawyer answer on this one, which is: “It depends.” But first, I need to back up and explain how public housing and weed works, so that this answer makes sense to you and everyone else.

    About 4.8 million people in the US receive financial assistance through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs. Some of them smoke weed. HUD programs create affordable housing for low-income individuals and individuals with disabilities. Section 8 is the specific HUD program that provides rental assistance to low-income households. Section 8 is generally administered by city and county agencies known as Public Housing Agencies (PHAs). The one here in Portland is pretty close to the Mercury office, sharing our building on Southwest Ash.


  • Friday, October 13, 2017 12:12 PM | Anonymous
    Hope Village is the first tiny house community for the homeless in Southern Oregon!

    Grand Opening Celebration
    Saturday, October 28, 2017 2-4 pm

    728 W. McAndrews Rd.
    Medford, OR 97501

    Parking and entrance at 820 N. Columbus St.
    For more info call 541-499-0880

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017 12:34 PM | Anonymous

    By Jessica Floum

    The Oregonian/OregonLive

    Exceptions to Portland land use rules, protections for city renters facing eviction or big rent hikes, and political pressure to devote taxpayer and donor money to affordable housing will continue for the foreseeable future, following a unanimous Portland City Council vote Wednesday.

    All those measures are intended to curb Portland's critical shortage of affordable housing and spike in homelessness.

    The council voted Wednesday to extend for a second time its a declared "housing emergency." It also voted to extend a renter protection policy adopted in February by six months to give city officials time to implement a permanent renter's rights policy.

    Instituted in 2015, the emergency declaration has encouraged spending on housing, allowed for flexibility in where city and county officials can open shelters and fast-tracked building permits for affordable housing projects. The council extended the declaration by 18 months and charged the Portland Housing Bureau and the city and county's Joint Office on Homeless Services to develop criteria for when the city should lift the temporary rules.

    Commissioners hope to implement permanent rules in the city's zoning codes by then. They might include permanent zoning exemptions that allow for homeless camps such as Right 2 Dream Too or emergency homeless shelters in the winter.

    "There's more we need to do to stabilize the systems that impact housing and homelessness in our community," Mayor Ted Wheeler said. "This is an emergency that requires action now."

    Led by former housing advocate and city Commissioner Chloe Eudaly early this year, the council adopted a tenant protection rule that requires landlords to pay $2,900 to $4,500 in relocation costs to renters whom they evict without cause or who must move as the result of a rent increase of 10 percent or more.

    The council extended that policy, set to expire Friday, by six months. Wheeler, the housing commissioner, pledged to bring a permanent renter protection rule back to the council on December 6.

    Dozens of renters urged the council Wednesday to take the rule further.

    They shared experiences of landlords finding ways around the rule such as increasing rents by 9.97 percent instead of 10 percent and requiring renters to pay for utilities that the landlord previously covered.

    They advocated for closing an exemption for "mom and pop" landlords who only rent one unit. The impact on the renters is harmful, regardless of who the landlord is, they said.

    Many of the most vulnerable tenants rent from smaller landlords because they can't access "mainstream" rental opportunities due to criminal histories or other "troubled records," said Katrina Holland, executive director of renter advocacy group Community Alliance of Tenants.

    Eudaly proposed an amendment removing the exemption for small landlords. But the other four commissioners voted against it, noting the complexity of the exemption. They all said they thought the stakeholder group advising the housing bureau on this policy should iron out details of whom the council should and should not exempt.

    "I'm not prepared to vote for amendments on the fly," Wheeler said. "I'd like to respect the process we currently have in place."

    The commissioners also agreed the group should consider a hardship exemption for certain landlords. Eudaly and Commissioner Amanda Fritz both expressed concerns over landlords raising utility charges and suggested city officials look into that.

    "If (renters') utilities are being raised beyond the actual increase, that's a landlord raising the rent, so we'll be addressing that," Eudaly said.

    About 40 renters, landlords, housing officials and real estate advocates testified at Wednesday's council meeting. They shared concerns ranging from abuses of the existing renter protection policy to shrinkage of the rental supply due to burdensome rules on landlords.

    Some renter advocates heckled Wheeler after he explained his reasons for not undoing the small landlord exemption.

    Extending the emergency declaration and renter protection rules were the first of a series of housing policies the council will consider this month. The council next week will vote on spending guidelines for a $258 million voter-approved housing bond. The following week, commissioners will consider a pledge to create 2000 apartments where people can live and receive supportive services such as health care and drug addiction treatment.

    "There is a lot more work to do," Wheeler said. "This isn't the end. We've only scratched the surface."

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:16 PM | Anonymous

    What do you do with a tenant couple that fight on a regular basis in your rental and call the police?  Each week veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi answers questions from other landlords and property managers around the country about their rentals.

    Dear Landlord Hank,

    Hello Hank, I have a tenant couple that fight on a regular basis and call the police.

    I do not want the police in my park.  I feel it makes for a bad reputation. Can I evict them? And how?

    Thanks in advance, Debbie.

    Hi Landlady Debbie,

    I’m not an attorney so I can’t give legal advice. I would look at your lease.

    In my lease, in the section “USE OF PREMISES: Tenant shall maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary condition and not disturb surrounding residents or the peaceful and quiet enjoyment of the premises or surrounding premises.”

    I would warn these tenants in writing that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated and is in violation of the lease.

    Then I would talk to an attorney for advice.

    This kind of conduct in your establishment will definitely lead to a bad reputation and it may attract exactly the kind of tenants you don’t want.

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 11:17 AM | Anonymous

    Dear SOROA Members,

    I trust you have heard by now that House Bill (HB) 2004 failed to pass in the Oregon Legislature this session. This is an enormous victory for landlords that merits celebration.

    Our work here is far from done, though. HB 2004 will undoubtedly be back next legislative session, and we can bet the fight will be even tougher.

    HB 2004 did not pass because the final vote count in the Senate would have been 15-15, and a tie doesn’t pass. If a single Senator had changed their vote or a single Senator that would have voted against this bill loses their seat in a re-election campaign, it will have catastrophic consequences. I cannot allow this to happen.

    HB 2004 rightfully scared the tar out of Oregon landlords. The only way we were able to defeat this bill was because of the involvement of every single one of our members across the state. I issued numerous calls to action that were important and immediate, and our members responded enthusiastically. This is the kind of commitment, dedication and involvement that it will take to continue our successes in the Legislature next session.

    Make no mistake – this was a very public defeat for Speaker of the House Tina Kotek. Speaker Kotek personally spearheaded this bill and fought strenuously for its passage until the last possible moment. In her closing statement of the 2017 Legislature, she made it abundantly clear that she’ll be back with this bill next session in a mere six months’ time. Regardless of how you feel about Speaker Kotek’s politics, I think we can all agree that Speaker Kotek is very intelligent, a good political strategist, and she will not make the same mistakes twice. We may have won the battle, but the war is far from over.

    I feel so strongly about this cause, as ORHA Legislative Director I will personally pledge a $1,000 donation to the ORHA KEY PAC . I challenge all of our members to match this pledge, and I further challenge property management companies to raise the donation to $5,000 each. The consequences of not pledging now will eclipse the financial consequences of losing the right to issue no-cause notices, rent control, of having to pay relocation assistance to tenants if legislation like HB 2004 were to pass in the next legislative session.

    The reality of politics in this day and age is that to defeat something, you must spend money. We absolutely cannot play defense next legislative session. In order to affect change, we must have the political and financial capital to elect and retain landlord-friendly legislators. We can’t do this without you. Join me today and make your contribution now.

    The ORH KEY-PAC can accept your credit card payment, or become a supporting member by arranging for a monthly recurring credit card contribution, at Paper checks may be written to the ORHA Key PAC and mailed to:

    89286 Cranberry Lane
    Bandon, Oregon 97411

    Thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to working with you all again next legislative session to defeat bills like HB 2004.

    Jim Straub
    ORHA Legislative Director

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Here is a link to find out more about the ACCESS Veteran Rental Program here in the valley:

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