OCTOBER 2018  


How To Testify To A Committee

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Committees, as the heart of Oregon’s legislative process, allow legislators to study bills closely and hear testimony during public hearings in support of or in opposition to the bills.

Public testimony before a committee may influence the committee’s action. Your testimony also becomes part of the public record and may be used in future research.

You can better prepare and succeed in giving testimony by following the suggestions below.

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Oregon Landlord’s 90-day Confusion

It’s a beautiful summer day in July and I’m sitting at my desk pondering the hotline calls I have been fielding, currently 4 for the day.  As I begin to dial  the 4th caller, I’m betting to myself that it will be a question centered around the “90-day rule”.  That’s the term I hear often from callers who are mostly private landlords trying to navigate increasingly turbulent waters in the rental industry.

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Celebrating 50 Years of the Fair Housing Act in April!

Here are some links to interesting and informative articles about the Fair Housing Act.

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Portland Landlords Legislative Call to Action

As many of you know there has been a lot going on in Portland surrounding our industry. As of right now the only law change has been the Mandatory Relocation Fee Ordinance. It’s always had an expiration date, but on February 28, 2018 Portland City Council will be voting on whether to make this a permanent ordinance and if approved how they will amend the law going forward.

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Portland City Council mandates that renters in Portland who are served a no-cause eviction or a rent increase of 10 percent or higher over a 12-month period or receive a substantial change in their lease terms or who do not receive the option to renew their lease must be paid relocation assistance by their landlord. Tenants must receive written notice for any of these events at least 90 days prior to the effective date, except for units being sold conditioned upon federal mortgage financing where a 60-day notice is required.

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Should You Let Tenants Make Improvements?

You have a house that’s, to put it mildly, ugly.

The front porch sags, the exterior paint is peeling, the carpets are stained and worn, and the circa-1960 bathrooms have never been updated. But you have renters anyway, and they want to make improvements. Should you let them?

That’s almost exactly what happened in one Pennsylvania home. It turned out badly for the landlord who gave the month-to-month tenants a notice to vacate … after all the renovation work was complete. The court made the landlord pay more than $11,000 to reimburse the tenants for the improvements they made.

So the question remains: should you let tenants make improvements?

The answer: it depends.

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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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Thank You For Being Such An Awesome Landlord!

When was the last time you received an email, a text or even had a tenant say that to you?

For me it was last Monday.

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Central Oregon Rental Owners Association (COROA)

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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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Southern Oregon Rental Owners Association

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Rental Owners Association of Southwestern Oregon

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