Politi - Lane Co ROA President - ORHA Secretary
are finally ready! The mandates of SB608 created the need for change
to some of our forms and the creation of new ones, a challenge for
our volunteers who hold day jobs while working furiously early
mornings and weekends to create forms, have them undergo an attorney
review, send them to the designer and then to formatted and uploaded
to the Oregon Rental Housing Association (ORHA) Forms Store
had completed the 2018 Forms Manual, when we received notification
that SB 608 was coming down the pike causing the publishing of that
manual to come to a screeching halt. As I reported previously, the
ORHA Board of Directors voted to postpone the release of the manual,
create and update forms that would comply with the new legislation,
and then update the manual once more. I don’t have a definite date
when that will be released, but what we were hoping to do was provide
a companion guide that along with the 2016 Forms Manual would allow
users to keep and use those books a bit longer. With the substantial
changes stemming from SB 608, the forms committee does not think that
is a realistic option any more and will be recommending that members
dispose of their old manuals and purchase new ones.
What to do
if the deposit doesn’t cover the damage or unpaid rent
You did the
right thing in collecting a security deposit. But what happens when
that deposit isn’t enough to cover damages or unpaid rent?
landlords collect a security deposit equal to one month’s rent at
move-in time to cover any damages or unpaid rent at move-out time.
But if there were extensive damages to the property or if the tenant
left without paying last month’s rent and there were damages, you’re
out some money, and that isn’t right.
options, though. Let’s explore the
Council Delays Action on Controversial Portland Proposed Tenant
NEW CLASSES AVAILABLE:
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.
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
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.
contact Jann Pate at email@example.com
to inquire. The ORHA Education Committee would like to offer classes
in your area.
City Council Delays Action
on Controversial Portland Proposed Tenant Screening Ordinance
action on a controversial Portland tenant screening ordinance has
been delayed until at least May, according to several reports.
told the Portland City Council in early April that the new proposed
tenant screening ordinance was unnecessary.
landlords testifying before the Portland City Council on the proposed
new city regulations on tenant screening and deposits were opposed to
the new rules for various reasons.
ordinance’s main backer, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, has delayed the
vote on the new renter protections she is proposing, according to the
policy director, Jamey Duhamel, told Willamette Week the possible changes
contemplated at City Hall are focused on whether there’s a way to
make the requirements less onerous for the real estate industry while
still requiring accountability and enforcement. “I feel really
confident we’re working well with our colleagues and that what we
bring back on May 23 is going to be a really solid policy in
mitigating discrimination in rental housing.”
ordinance, supported by tenants’ rights groups, would restrict the
way landlords screen tenants before they sign a lease, with the aim
of addressing discrimination and requiring more consideration for
people who have criminal records.
landscaping tips to save water
you’re a landlord or a tenant, there are ways to save water without
busting the budget on initial changes. Before beginning any project,
review any HOA or city/county restrictions on landscaping. And
tenants should always discuss landscaping ideas with the landlord
before adding or removing lawn, shrubs, or trees.
suggestions for landlords
water-saving measures can range from repairing a faulty sprinkler
system to fully renovating the landscape. Adding plants, shrubs, and
trees suited to the local climate reduces the time required to
maintain the landscape as well as reducing water usage.