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  • 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:

  • Monday, August 14, 2017 11:57 AM | Anonymous

    By Jessica Floum

    The Oregonian/OregonLive

    Portland landlords who sued the city over a renter protection rule and lost appealed to a higher court Thursday.

    They challenged Circuit Judge Henry Breithaupt's ruling that upheld the city's policy requiring landlords to pay relocation money to renters they evict or force out with big rent increases. In those cases, landlords must pay $2,900 to $4,500 toward relocation costs.

    Represented by frequent city opponent John DiLorenzo, the two landlords argued that the city rule violates a state ban on rent control.

    Breithaupt found, however, that the city's policy "clearly does not" control rent, nor prevent landlords from evicting tenants without cause.

    The landlords who chose to appeal are Phillip Owen and Michael Feves, who each own more than 70 and and more than 400 units respectively, OPB reported.

    Commissioner Chloe Eudaly introduced the policy and the city council unanimously approved it within Eudaly's and Mayor Ted Wheeler's first month on the job.

    The rule is set to expire in October 2017. The city council is in talks to extend the rule, Wheeler told The Oregonian/OregonLive in a July interview.

    --Jessica Floum

  • Tuesday, August 08, 2017 2:17 PM | Anonymous

    Alan DeBoer

    Hello Friends,

    Housing was one of the biggest issues debated by the Legislature during the 2017 session. This topic also came up quite often during a couple of town hall meetings I held in Medford and Talent in late July. It’s easy to understand why this is, as there are few things more important than having a safe, comfortable and affordable place to call home.

    House Bill 2004 was introduced in response to this growing problem. Among other things, that bill would have allowed cities to impose rent control policies and eliminated the use of no-cause evictions.

    My office received countless emails from small-time landlords and others who were concerned about taking this approach to resolving these issues. Many said that it may cause the owners of rental properties to consider selling those homes.

    HB 2004 narrowly passed the House and came over to the Senate, where it was changed considerably in committee. However, it was not among the bills that passed by the end of the session on July 7.

    As the debate over the bill continued, my office started hearing from constituents who supported it due to their concerns over housing affordability. But we also continued to hear from those who were opposed to it. We even started hearing from realtors in the district that I represent in the Senate that many of those rental home owners were already starting to sell those units, which takes them off of the market and makes them unavailable for anyone to rent.

    Although HB 2004 did not pass, there were other measures taken by the Legislature to provide assistance to people who are struggling with the high costs of housing. Approximately $40 million in funding was approved for emergency rental assistance to prevent homelessness and move people back into housing. This was done through the Emergency Housing Account and State Homeless Assistance Program, which is intended to support emergency shelters.

    An additional $1.3 million in funding was approved to continue a foreclosure counseling program through the Oregon Foreclosure Avoidance program. A Local innovation and Fast Track affordable housing program received $80 million in bond funding for the purpose of creating more affordable housing. Another bill, SB 5530, provided $25 million for the preservation of existing affordable homes.

    Lastly, the omnibus tax credit bill, HB 2066, extended the Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credit that was set to expire in 2020 to the year 2026. That program had been capped at $17 million, and HB 2066 raised that cap to $25 million.

    While none of those were the solutions that supporters of HB 2004 had hoped for, I believe they are a step in the right direction for the people of this state. My office will continue to work on solutions for housing issues in the months between now and the start of the February 2018 legislative session. Please continue to let us know how you feel about these issues, and any ideas you may have for legislation that can help solve these problems.

    Yours truly,

    Sen. Alan DeBoer

    Senate District 3

    Capitol Phone: 503-986-1703
    Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-421, Salem, Oregon 97301
  • Thursday, August 03, 2017 3:11 PM | Anonymous

    Please enjoy this months INSIDER newsletter:

    August Newsletter 2017

  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 12:11 PM | Anonymous
    Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) says the failure of a bill in the legislature to regulate no cause evictions and allow local rent control means trying again in 2018 “to finish unfinished business,” in housing issues,  according to a release.

    “We made good progress, but we need to do more to protect renters from staggering rent spikes and no-cause evictions. In 2018, we will push to finish this session’s unfinished business on housing,” Kotek said in the release.

    READ MORE: House Speaker Promises To Finish Housing Issues In 2018.pdf

  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 12:10 PM | Anonymous

    Controversial legislation to remove the state-wide ban on rent control in Oregon and to set new rules for no-cause evictions has died in the Oregon Senate, according to reports.

    The bill, HB 2004 , passed the Oregon House 31-27 in April, but lacked support in the more conservative Senate and failed after several attempts to amend it.

    READ MORE: Rent Control and No Cause Evictions Bill Dies in Senate.pdf

  • Monday, July 03, 2017 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    Here is a link to an article in the Willamette Weekly about HB 2004 B and one of the unintended consequences after the -21 amendments were added. 

    Link to article:

  • Friday, June 30, 2017 12:51 PM | Anonymous
    A proposed housing stability bill barring most no-cause evictions is one step closer to going to the Oregon Senate after undergoing another round of changes Wednesday.

    House Bill 2004 lost its most controversial portion— a section repealing Oregon's ban on rent control— when it passed through the Senate Committee on Human Services in May. A new section allowing landlords to increase rent only once every 12 months was added. 

    During the Senate Committee on Rules work session, a series of amendments requested by committee chair Sen. Ginny Burdick, D- Portland, were tacked onto the bill. 

    The measure has proven contentious, with thousands of submitted testimonies and public hearings packed to capacity with tenants, landlords and community organizations. 

    The changes were the source of great negotiations between housing advocates and the Oregon Association of Realtors, Burdick said. 

    Oregon's rental crisis strains renters, potential homeowners

    Despite the negotiations, the realtors association declined to support the bill, but many of their comments were incorporated in the changes. 

    She called the end result a "well-balanced product."

    The changes extended the probationary period for month-to-month tenancies from nine months to a year. Landlords would be able to readily use no-cause evictions during this period. 

    A section regarding damages for landlords who violate the eviction rules was also altered. Instead of being liable for three months' rent plus damages, violators would pay two months' rent or damages. 

    6 things to know about Oregon's proposed bill barring no-cause eviction and allowing rental control

    An emergency would have been declared if the original bill passed, and it would have taken immediate effect. Wednesday's amendment removed the emergency clause. If passed, the changes would take effect 91 days after the Legislature adorns. 

    Sen. Lee Beyer, D-Springfield, moved to the Senate floor with a do pass recommendation. 

    Sen. Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, voiced his disapproval of the proposed bill during the roll call. "God, no," he said. 

    Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, also voted nay. Burdick and Sen. Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay, voted yes. 

    Following the hearing, John VanLandingham, a longtime tenant lawyer and attorney with the Oregon Law Center, said he worked with Burdick to make sure the changes were acceptable to the coalition that supported the bill. 

    "We do still support the bill," he said. 

    The heart of the bill— protecting people from retaliation, homelessness, displacement and discrimination through no-cause evictions— remained intact, VanLandingham added. 

    "That's a huge improvement for tenants who will now have some certainty," he said. 

    For questions, comments and news tips, email reporter Whitney Woodworth at, call 503-399-6884 or follow on Twitter @wmwoodworth

  • Thursday, June 29, 2017 1:50 PM | Anonymous

    The SOROA office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day and also on Friday, July 7th for a funeral/memorial.

  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    Southern Oregon Rental Owners Association Presents: Landlord Boot Camp 2017!

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    Pre-Registration is REQUIRED on or before Thursday, June 8th Class Date: Saturday, June 10th, 2017 Instructor: Tia Politi, ROA President, Time: 8:30am Networking / 9am-4:30pm Rental Owner, Lead Property Manager for Location: Table Rock Mobile Village Clubhouse, Acorn Property Management 2385 Table Rock Rd, Medford

    NO Drop-ins ● Register by calling 541-842-7676 ● Visa, MasterCard & Discover Accepted – or make checks payable to ‘SOROA’ SOROA Members: $99/ea. Non-Members: $140/ea. (NON-REFUNDABLE)
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