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Bills and Laws

An idea for a law can come from anyone - an individual, consumer group, professional association, government agency, a legislator, or the Governor.  

 ​A bill, the most common type of measure, is a proposal for a law.  The path of a bill, from the time it's an idea to the time it arrives at the Governor's desk for approval, may follow a path with many detours.   A bill may be introduced in either the Senate or the House with the exception of revenue bills which must originate in the House. The following is an example of how an idea becomes law.

Steps of How an Idea Becomes Law

This example uses the House of Representative as the Bill's chamber of origin.

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Are You Confused By Requests For Service, Emotional Support And Assistance Animals?

The FHA prohibits discrimination based on disability and requires housing providers to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities.

You probably know that you would need to grant this request. But what if the prospect requested an emotional support bird in addition to a service dog? What if she gave you an online “certification” for the emotional support bird? What if the requested service dog was a restricted breed in your county?

Accommodation requests related to assistance animals are prevalent, yet they cause much confusion. This is understandable – multiple laws apply and use different terms and definitions, there are many kinds of assistance animals that help people with many types of disabilities (some of which are not obvious), and online sites have surfaced offering questionable documentation.

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Property Managers Challenged By Tenants Thin, Limited Credit History

Property managers have a lot of balls in the air and many problems to deal with, but potential renters with thin, limited credit history is one of the bigger issues.

In a survey across all geographic areas of the country conducted by MMR Research Associates, Inc. earlier this year on behalf of Equifax, the company received feedback from nearly 200 nationally-based landlords and property managers of varying size apartments.

Respondents were asked about the pain points they experience in areas such as screening processes and online payments and how they rank them on level of importance.

According to the results, most managers expressed a range of issues with tenant screening that seem to cause the most grief. These included verifying income and employment, uncommitted potential tenants, thin credit history files, prior landlord verifications, unclear credit.

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Portland will require all landlords to register their apartments -- by late 2020

By Betsy Hammond


The Portland City Council unanimously enacted new rules this week to require landlords to register the addresses of all rental units in the city each year.

The idea, city officials said, is to create an accurate citywide census of apartments and homes for rent and also make it easy to send communications to all renters and landlords. Landlords will submit the addresses along with their yearly city business tax filings.

That will require an estimated 10,000 or more landlords who haven't been required to file business taxes, because they gross less than $50,000 a year from their rentals, to begin filing.

The rules requiring landlords to submit the addresses of all their units kicks in for tax year 2018, meaning the vast majority of owners would need to send theirs in by April 15, 2019. But they can automatically get a six-month extension, officials said.

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Safety Tips For Landlords


Violence against landlords and property managers

appear in the news with some frequency. Thinking ahead

and having specific plans to address your safety will go

a long way toward making sure you don’t become the

headlines for tomorrow’s news story.

1. Write down and follow screening guidelines.

Always checking credit reports, pulling criminal

reports and verifying references will help weed

out problem tenants. Always make a copy of the

applicants’ identification. Communicating your

requirements to prospective tenants will start the

process off on the right foot.

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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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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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