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Can A Landlord Say No Guns In My Apartments?

Generally a private landlord can make a decision about whether to say “no guns in my apartments,” unless a state forbids landlords from banning guns in apartments or rental property, according to Denny Dobbins, general legal counsel and vice president of

By John Triplett

State laws vary on the issue of what landlords can mandate regarding saying “no guns in my apartments,” and gun possession in general by tenants in privately owned rental properties.

Landlords and property managers need to be aware of whether their state or local government has specific laws, Dobbins said in an interview with Rental Housing Journal.

Only four states have specific statutes laws regarding guns in apartments and rental properties:

Minnesota says a landlord cannot restrict the lawful carry or possession of firearms by tenants or their guests Minnesota Statute 624.714.

Tennessee: A private landlord can prohibit tenants, including those who hold handgun carry permits, from possessing firearms within a leased premises. Such a prohibition may be imposed through a clause in the lease. Tennessee Statute § 39-17-1307(b).

Virginia public housing prohibits landlords from restrictions on gun possession for tenants – Virginia Rental Housing Act 1974 Tennessee 55-248.9.6.

Wisconsin has a complicated maze of where a weapon can and cannot be possessed. Wis. Stat. § 175.60(21)(b).

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It's been taking some time to get the changes and new forms integrated with the online Forms Store and while we were prepared to move forward, the pending changes to landlord-tenant law encompassed within SB 608 need to be addressed. It didn't make sense to publish a manual that would be out of date within weeks, so the ORHA board of directors decided to delay the release of the manual until we can change our forms to comply with the new regulations.

The ORHA Forms Committee is already working to get the revisions done, so that when the bill is signed into law in March or April, we will be ready to get updated forms on the website and in print, and publish the Forms Manual in short order. In the meantime, new and updated forms that are part of the upcoming manual are available online at, which includes the Exterior Property Care Agreement, Fireplace, Pellet Stove and Woodstove Agreement, Septic Agreement, Well Agreement, and Weatherization Agreement.



Portland Rents Continue Decline

Apartment List

Portland rents have declined for the second straight month after seeing the last rent increase in September, according to a new report from Apartment List.

Portland rents have declined 0.6% over the past month, and have decreased moderately by 0.6% in comparison to the same time last year.

Currently, median rents in Portland stand at $1,120 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,320 for a two-bedroom. Portland’s year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -0.2%, as well as the national average of 1.3%. Rents rising across cities in the Portland Metro While rent decreases have been occurring in the city of Portland over the past year, cities in the rest of the metro are seeing the opposite trend.

Rents have risen in nine of the largest 10 cities in the Portland metro for which we have data. Oregon as a whole logged rent growth of -0.2% over the past year. Here’s a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

 Looking throughout the metro, Hillsboro is the most expensive of all Portland metro’s major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $2,010; of the 10 largest Oregon metro cities for which we have data, nine have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Beaverton experiencing the fastest growth (+1.6%). Gresham, Vancouver, and Corvallis have all experienced yearover-year growth above the state average (1.6%, 1.6%, and 1.4%, respectively).

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Safety Tips For Landlords

6  Tips For Landlords Showing Their Rentals

You can never be too safe when it comes to showing your rental to a prospective tenant. After all, you probably don’t know the person very well and it may be your first time meeting them in person. Reduce your risk by following these safety tips.

1. Know Your Applicant

ID and pre-qualify prospective tenants before showing them the property. At a minimum, get a copy of a driver’s license. Having basic information on a person is one of the best deterrents to a crime. You can even meet them in a public location first to get a copy of their identification.

2. Use the Buddy System

You could hold an open house if you have multiple applicants. If you are planning on meeting one-on-one with an applicant, consider having someone else at the property. When you meet with the applicant, tell them that you’re expecting another applicant so that they know you won’t be alone for long.

Always have your phone with you at showings. If you’re showing the place by yourself, have someone call you during the appointment to check in. You and the caller can have an innocuous phrase for you to say if you’re feeling uncomfortable and need assistance.

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Simple Ways to Make Tenants Feel at Home

The landlord-tenant relationship is critical to successful property management, and like any relationship, a good one requires care to foster mutual respect.

You want a tenant who is respectful of amenities and responsible with up-keeping tasks—changing the air filter, maintaining a pest-free living space, or making sure the water is running in winter. And a tenant wants to feel that you are invested in both them and the property. A tenant who feels that you are ready to meet their needs is more likely to reciprocate your attentiveness by being thoughtful in their dealings with you and your property.

A good relationship means both parties have a vested interest in each other’s success. For the landlord, this means that a tenant is less likely to ignore a payment, fail to maintain the property, and is more willing to come forward in as soon as possible to warn about emergent circumstances.

So, what are ways that you can foster that relationship so that your tenants feel valued?

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