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OCTOBER 2019  


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Oregon law sets the permissible rent increase at 7% plus the western region CPI of 2.9%

Oregon’s Office of Economic Analysis has decreased the permissible rent increase for 2020. State law sets the permissible rent increase at 7% plus the western region CPI. CPI went down from 3.3% to 2.9 %. This makes the allowable statewide rent increase cap 9.9% for 2020.

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Administrative Services announced Wednesday the annual maximum rent increase allowed by statute for calendar year 2020, under the terms of a new state law. The DAS Office of Economic Analysis has calculated the maximum percentage as 9.9%.

Following the passage of Senate Bill 608 in the 2019 legislative session, Oregon law requires DAS to calculate and post to its website, by Sept. 30 of each year, the maximum annual rent increase percentage allowed by statute for the following calendar year.

Per statute, OEA calculates this amount as 7% plus the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, West Region (All Items), as most recently published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The allowable rent increase percentage for the 2020 calendar year is 9.9%. DAS will calculate and post the percentage for the 2021 calendar year by Sept. 30, 2020.

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Oregon Rental Housing Association is now offering the “Application to Rent, Form 1” free to all members.

You will be allowed to print and download the blank form and instructions, by clicking the following links:

*You can also still buy and complete the fill-in Application Form 1, by adding it to your cart.





Max Security Deposit Amount: No state law. Landlords may not impose or increase a deposit within the first year of a tenancy unless both landlord and tenant agree to modify the rental agreement to allow for a pet or other cause. (Or. Rev. Stat. § 90.300(5a))

Additional Move-In Fees: Application fees and other fees, including non-refundable fees, are allowed in Oregon. However, no portion of the security deposit can be designated as non-refundable for any reason. (Or. Rev. Stat. § 90.140 and Or. Rev. Stat. § 90.295)

Pet Deposits: Allowed, but not for service animals. (Or. Rev. Stat. § 90.300(4)).

Security Deposit Refund Timeline: Landlords are required to return security deposits within 31 days after the termination of the tenancy and the delivery of the rental unit to the landlord. [Both of these conditions must be met 31 day countdown begins.] Landlords must provide and accounting to inform tenants of the reasoning behind any withheld security deposits. This, along with the remaining portion of the deposit, must be personally delivered or mailed within 31 days. (Or. Rev. Stat. § 90.300(12))


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 Qualifying Repair/Renovation Landlord

Exemption Under SB 608: Think Like a Tenant?

By Brad Kraus

Senate Bill 608 is in full force and effect. Many Landlords are wrestling with SB 608’s language and meaning,

along with its effect on landlords’ rights, if any they still have.

Many Landlords’ biggest fear over SB 608 was its purported elimination of Landlords’ rights to serve No Cause Notices of Termination. While SB 608 has significantly undermined Landlords’ rights to serve No Cause Notices, certain exemptions remain which still allow for No Cause Notices. One such exemption

- the Repair/Renovation Exemption - functions by placing Landlords in the intriguingly awkward position of arguing

that their premises are uninhabitable. In other words, it causes Landlords to think like a Tenant, when assessing the magnitude of their habitability problems during the repairs/renovations.


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Time to Stop Raising Rents in Portland 

By Micah Perry

The Portland City Council passed yet another ordinance that will harm the housing market in the city. Landlords will  now be required to register all their rental units with the city and pay a $60 yearly registration fee for each unit.

Any economist, or even a student who has taken Econ 101, can tell you that countries with more regulations are less prosperous than nations that enjoy greater economic freedom. Entrepreneurship, from the opening of a small bakery to the development of an apartment complex, is seriously disincentivized by regulations. Rules and fees placed on the housing industry cause any would be entrepreneurs and developers— individuals who could provide a solution to Portland’s housing problem—to think twice and reconsider investment in housing rentals. This new ordinance joins a slew of deterrent regulations on rental housing within Portland.

Over the past few years, Portland’s City Council has approved policies that restrict or complicate a landlord’s ability to reject a rental applicant for reasons such as criminal background or ability to pay rent, and that require landlords to help pay for a renter’s relocation costs. Those who have already built rental housing may find it more lucrative and safer simply to sell the property they own rather than continue to rent it. Those considering building new rentals may now balk at the opportunity altogether.

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ORHA Education Classes

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Your Association can provide Continuing Education Certificates that allow you to sharpen your skills and allow continued practice of service in your industry.


1-2 Hour Classes


Class Name

Ask an Attorney - by an attorney

Form #60 - One Form Does It All

Landlording Basics

Maintenance For Rental Owners

Move In's/ Move Out's - Procedures

Property Management 101 LLT Law

Tenant Screening Simplified

The Art Of Collection

Major Disasters - Now What?

Ask A Tax Professional - by a tax person

Establishing Your Rental Policy

How To Attract The Best Tenant

My Tenant Died! Now What?

The Tenant, The Roommate And The Aftermath

So Now You Are A Rental Owner

Eviction/Mediation Role Play

SB 608

Lease Violations


3 - 4 Hour Classes


Class Name

Land Lording 101

Land Lording 102

Land Lording 103

Lease Violations


Tenant Violations

Fair Housing and Reasonable Accommodations

Dark Side of Property Management

Landlord Tenant Law Introduction/Review

Move Out to Collections

Marketing, Screening, and Applicable Fair Housing Laws

Maintenance Issues - Do Not Delay

Getting the Best Tenants

Forms Update






It's Here !!

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The 2019 Oregon Rental Housing Association

Forms Manual is available now! Completely revised.

A must have for any private landlord or property manager.

With the passage of senate bill 608, several forms designed by ORHA have been updated to reflect the changes in the law. This manual is an instructional guide on how and when to use these forms.

Call or stop by your local ROA office to get your copy.

For more information, call the ORHA office at:







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.


Get in Touch With Your Local Chapter Today!

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 - La Grande


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Portland Area Rental Owner Association


Salem Rental Housing Association

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Southern Oregon Rental Owners Association- Medford

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Rental Owners Association of Southwestern Oregon-North Bend

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Treasure Valley Rental Association - Ontario

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