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  • 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:

  • 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

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