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JUNE 2019  


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How to Avoid Discriminating Against Families with Children

By Ellen Clark

You must train employees to avoid making comments that express a preference against residents with children. The property manager allegedly made statements that the unit might be overcrowded, that neighbors might not be happy with the noise, and that the building was for “business people.”DFEH found cause to believe a violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act had occurred and, after an unsuccessful mediation, filed suit in Alameda County Superior Court. The case settled before trial, with the defendant agreeing to pay $12,500 to the family and $3,500 to the DFEH for fees and costs incurred in litigating the case.

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The Fair Housing Council of Oregon is back on the Southern Coast providing updates and training.

About this Event

Join us for a 2019 update and basic training on Fair Housing presented by Louise Dix of the Fair Housing Council of Oregon in partnership with Oregon Coast Community Action. Seating is limited to 55. Couples, groups, and businesses much reserve each attendee separately.

Oregon Coast Community Action (ORCCA), is a private non-profit organization-501(c)(3) created in 1965 as the Community Action Committee to serve the Southern Oregon Coast and provides cost effective joint administration, leadership, and support for children's programs, emergency services and varied housing assistance on the Southern Oregon Coast.

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When Tenants Leave Belongings Behind

If you are a residential landlord, you may not take or keep any of a tenant’s belongings until the rental agreement has ended. If you wrongfully take a tenant’s personal belongings while the tenant is still legally renting from you, you may be liable for damages and your actions may relieve the tenant of liability for unpaid rent or other kinds of claims you might have. After a rental agreement has ended, however, you have the right to dispose of a tenant’s abandoned personal belongings, but only after following very specific rules.

It is not always easy to determine when a tenancy has terminated and the tenant has abandoned his or her personal belongings. Under Oregon law, a tenant’s belongings are considered abandoned in one of three ways.

The first way is when the rental agreement ends. This means that the term of the tenancy is over. The tenancy is also over if: the landlord or tenant has given a termination notice; the tenant has surrendered the keys; or the tenant has abandoned the premises and the landlord believes that the tenant has left belongings in the rental unit with no intention of returning.

The second way a tenant’s personal belongings are considered abandoned is when the tenant has been gone from the rental unit continuously for at least 7 days after a court has ordered an eviction of the tenant, even though the sheriff’s department has not executed the court order or judgment.

The third way in which a tenant’s personal belongings are considered abandoned is when a sheriff’s department executes a court order of eviction, after which the landlord must take responsibility for storing the belongings. In this case, the landlord does not need to wait for seven days to see if the tenant returns.



SB 608: New Procedures for Landlords since February 28, 2019. Learn the changes to rent increase restrictions, lease violations and implications for length of renting. This class can be one or two hours, and CEU's are offered for Brokers Licenced Property Managers.

Evictions: From beginning to the end of the process, learn the process for eviction due to non-payment of rent. This includes role playing so participants can practice the flow of the process. This class can be one-two hours and offers CEU's For Brokers and Licenced Property Managers.

Lease Violations: This class teaches lease violations and the ORHA forms that address each violation. You will learn the importance of documenting violations at the time they occur, and what to do if the tenant cures the violation or does not cure the violation in time. This class has been adapted to include SB 608 implications for landlords. This class can be one-two hours and offers CEU's For Brokers and Licenced Property Managers.

Please contact Jann Pate at to inquire. The ORHA Education Committee would like to offer classes in your area.


Jann Pate, Education Chair


Portland Mayor To Take On Short-Term Fake Rental Owners And Airbnb

Back in August Portland auditors found about 80 percent of short-term rentals operate illegally, and now the Portland Tribune in an excellent article has exposed a fictitious Airbnb host named Nadia who claimed to live in Portland, Seattle and San Diego and had hundreds of short-term rental listings.

Portland’s short-term rental regulations require hosts to get a Type A or Type B permit depending on the size of the rental and follow certain restrictions:

The host must occupy the residence at least nine months of the year

The rental property must be the primary residence of the host

A maximum of 25 percent of units in a multi-family building may be rented

Rentals must be for less than 30 days

“Nadia claimed on the Airbnb website to live in Portland, Seattle and San Diego. The photo of Nadia used with her listings, the Tribune discovered, is the exact same image used by a model for web spaces such as “100 Pretty Back to School Outfits” and “Becoming a Preppy Girl in High School.” Nadia’s listings also use the same photos repeatedly to depict multiple Airbnb listings in Portland and other cities,” the Tribune reported.

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5 Tips for Preparing Your Apartments for the Summer Season

Now is the best time to prepare and restore your apartment property for the summer season by cleaning up any outdoor areas and investing in small projects and inspections that will boost your property’s appeal.

Do it now if you can because the busy months and the peak rental season begins right away.

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Education in Property Management

ORHA offers workshops and seminars to our member locals to improve skills in managing property.  ORHA is a certified provider with the state of Oregon and these courses qualify as hours required for licensed certification. Presenters have extensive experience in the property management field.


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Central Oregon Rental Owners Association (COROA)

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Clatsop County Rental Owners Association (CCROA)

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Rental Owners Association of Douglas County (ROADC)

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Klamath Rental Owners Association (KROA)

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Lane County Rental Owners Association 

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Linn-Benton Rental Housing Association

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Rental Owners Association of N.E. Oregon

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Portland Area Rental Owner Association


Salem Rental Housing Association

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Southern Oregon Rental Owners Association

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Rental Owners Association of Southwestern Oregon

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Treasure Valley Rental Association

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