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  • 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:  http://www.wweek.com/news/state/2017/06/30/tenant-leader-landlord-lobbyist-agree-on-unintended-consequences-of-tenant-protection-bill/

  • 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 wmwoodwort@statesmanjournal.com, 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!

    Worth SEVEN Credit Hours of Continuing Education for Brokers and Property Managers - Space is Limited – Sign up TODAY

    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)
    Class Fee Includes: Professional Instructor, Morning Snack, Buffet Lunch and CE Credit Hours, if requested
    Do you need CE Credit for your Broker/Property Manager License? YES / NO

    Name: _______________________________________________________ ROA #:____________________ License #:________________________________ Phone: _______________________________________ Email: _____________________________________ Address: ____________________________________

    Southern Rental Owners Association, Inc. ● 10 Crater Lake Ave, Ste. 10, Medford, OR 97504 ● Hours: 12-4pm, M-F

  • Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:42 AM | Anonymous
    This newsletter is produced by the Oregon Rental Housing Association in Salem and not your local chapter SOROA.


    ORHA-News-June-2017.pdf


  • Monday, May 22, 2017 12:22 PM | Anonymous
    a2, 2017

    I want you to call each and every state Senator and ask for their commitment to vote AGAINST ANY BILL that would eliminate no-cause notices!  Let’s stop this bill!!

     

    Our efforts are helping!  Many of you responded to our last Call to Action by contacting your legislators.  We need that kind of passion to continue in order to stop this bill in its tracks in the Senate!  I need everyone who has responded in the past to do so again.  If you’ve already contacted your Senator, Great!  You need to do it again!  If you’ve sat on the sidelines until now, it’s now or never!  (See below for Senators’ contact information and helpful hints.) 

    The Senate Committee on Human Services’ scheduled Work Session on May 31st will culminate in a committee vote on HB 2004-A – potentially passing the bill to the Senate floor for a final vote.  The Senate is all that stands in the way of this bill passing and being signed by Governor Brown.

    Here’s what the bill does:

    • Virtually eliminates the use of No-Cause notices
    • Requires that landlords renew leases with substantially the same terms or face a monetary penalty
    • Requires landlords to pay relocation expenses for tenants

     

    Take action today:

    • Call each and every state Senator and ask for their commitment to vote AGAINST ANY BILL that would eliminate no-cause notices

     

    When contacting your Senator ~

    Know Your Audience:

    • Committee members are “citizen legislators,” and they want to hear your comments
    • Be respectful of committee members
    • Do not scold or insult members, or accuse members of causing your issue.  This may alienate members from your cause

    Know the Issue:

    • Draw from your own knowledge and experience
    • Support personal opinions with as many facts as possible
    • Be knowledgeable of the “other side of the story”

    Presenting Your Written Testimony:

    • Address members formally (e.g., Senator Jones, Representative Brown)
    • State your name, city or county, and any other affiliation for the record
    • Clearly state whether you support or oppose the bill and briefly explain your reasons
    • When finished, thank the members and offer to answer any questions

     

    A Sample Letter to Your Senator:

    Dear Senator _______________,

    I oppose House Bill 2004-A.

    Put a personal story here that reflects how and why you would like to retain the ability to use a no-cause notice.  (For example:  Tenants’ fear of retaliation if they complain about a neighbor, leering or disturbing behavior by others, landlords having higher screening standards because of us not being able to end the agreement if things go sideways)

    Please represent me and your constituents at the state capitol by opposing HB 2004-A and ANY bill that would eliminate no-cause notices.

    Respectfully, your constituent,

    (Your Name)

    (Your Address)

    (City, State, Zip)

    (Your Email)

     

    Oregon State Senators (click the link for phone number and other contact information): 

     

    Herman Baertschiger

    R-Grants Pass

    District 2

     

    Lee Beyer

    D-Springfield

    District 6

     

    Brian Boquist

    R-Dallas

    District 12

     

    Ginny Burdick

    D-Portland

    District 18

     

    Peter Courtney

    D-Salem

    District 11

     

    Alan DeBoer

    R-Medford

    District 3

     

    Michael Dembrow

    D-Portland

    District 23

     

    Richard Devlin

    D-Tualatin

    District 19

     

    Ted Ferrioli

    R-John Day

    District 30

     

    Lew Frederick

    D-Portland

    District 22

     

    Sara Gelser

    D-Corvallis

    District 8

     

    Fred Girod

    R-Stayton

    District 9

     

    Bill Hansell

    R-Athena

    District 29

     

    Mark Hass

    D-Beaverton

    District 14

     

    Betsy Johnson

    D-Scappoose

    District 16

     

    Tim Knopp

    R-Bend

    District 27

     

    Jeff Kruse

    R-Roseburg

    District 1

     

    Dennis Linthicum

    R-Klamath Falls

    District 28

     

    James Manning

    D-Eugene

    District 7

     

    Laurie Monnes Anderson

    D-Gresham

    District 25

     

    Rod Monroe

    D-Portland

    District 24

     

    Alan Olsen

    R-Canby

    District 20

     

    Floyd Prozanski

    D-Eugene

    District 4

     

    Chuck Riley

    D-Hillsboro

    District 15

     

    Arnie Roblan

    D-Coos Bay

    District 5

     

    Elizabeth Steiner Hayward

    D-Beaverton

    District 17

     

    Kathleen Taylor

    D-Portland

    District 21

     

    Kim Thatcher

    R-Keizer

    District 13

     

    Chuck Thomsen

    R-Hood River

    District 26

     

    Jackie Winters

    R-Salem

    District 10

     

     

    Thank you,

    Jim Straub

    ld@oregonrha.com

    ORHA Legislative Director

  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017 1:01 PM | Anonymous
    This bill affects manufactured dwelling or floating home.

     

    SB 277 A Summary: (SB – Senate Bill)

    Increases notice period for termination of rental agreement and removal of manufactured dwelling or floating home. Permits landlord to terminate rental agreement with 30 days’ written notice if disrepair or deterioration of manufactured dwelling or floating home creates risk of imminent and serious harm to dwellings or persons within facility. Requires landlord to notify tenant of specific disrepair or deterioration causing termination and describe repairs necessary to avoid termination. Requires landlord who requires application for occupancy as tenant from prospective purchaser of manufactured dwelling or floating home to provide prospective purchaser with notice of outstanding repairs, maintenance and improvements. Permits landlord to require new tenant to complete repairs, maintenance and improvements described in notices and to terminate tenancy of new tenant if tenant fails to complete repairs, maintenance and improvements described in notices within six months after tenancy begins. 

     Link to notice:

    https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/CommitteeAgenda/HHS/2017-05-18-08-00?guid=4f1bc98a-bb8c-59b9-e054-02082091f14b

     Link to bill: 

    https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB277

    Cliff Conner-Coash

    C & C Rentals

    SOROA Mentor

  • Tuesday, May 02, 2017 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    I will have the Revised 2017 Law Book in the office beginning Monday May 8th - $37.50 for members and $75 for non-members.


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