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  • February 01, 2020 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    New information is being provided to Housing providers regarding Assistance Animals and the websites being commonly used.  Please read the enclosed documents to make sure you are following the correct and new guidelines.

    HUDAsstAnimalNC1-28-2020.pdf

    HUD letter to FTC about assistance animal websites.pdf

  • January 28, 2020 10:52 AM | Anonymous

    HUD SEEKS INVESTIGATION OF WEBSITES SELLING "WORTHLESS" ESA DOCUMENTATION

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson is seeking action against online companies that profit from selling sham assistance animal documentation at the expense of rental housing providers and renters who have legitimate needs. These companies’ documents are intended to justify reasonable accommodation requests for assistance animals (service animals and emotional support animals (ESAs)) in housing but are often used to skirt pet restrictions under false pretenses.

    In a letter sent to Chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission Joseph J. Simons and Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection Andrew Smith, Secretary Carson expresses several concerns in line with those of the apartment industry and asks the FTC to investigate some websites selling assistance animal verification documents. As HUD General Counsel Paul Compton states, “These websites are using questionable business practices that exploit consumers, prejudice the legal rights of individuals with disabilities, dupe landlords, and generally interfere with good faith efforts to comply with the requirements of the Fair Housing Act.”

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  • January 26, 2020 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    Landlords can send it new information at any time to the HUD office.  


    HOUSING AUTHORITY OF MALHEUR AND HARNEY COUNTY

    959 FORTNER STREET, ONTARIO, OR 97914

    PHONE: (541) 889-9661; FAX: (541) 889-6487

    ANNUAL REQUEST FOR LANDLORD INFORMATION ON PROPERTY RENTALS

    Dear Landlord:

    HUD requires the Housing Authority of Malheur & Harney County to determine that rents for units under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program are reasonable when compared to comparable unassisted units in the market area.

    No HAP contract can be approved until the HAMHC has determined that the rent for the unit is reasonable. The purpose of the rent reasonableness test is to ensure that a fair rent is paid for each unit rented under the HCV program.

    HUD regulations define a reasonable rent as one that does not exceed the rent charged for comparable, unassisted units in the same market area. HUD also requires that owners not charge more for assisted units than for comparable units on the premises. The following attached policy from our administrative plan for the Housing Choice Voucher Program explains the method used to determine whether a unit’s rent is reasonable.

    Attached are forms that we are requesting from all landlords to list ALL of their rental units and return these forms back to our office either via mail, fax or by email at kristyrodriguez@cableone.net This is necessary to have as we have experienced negative feedback from HUD for not having rent reasonableness done. This has been done in the past, but not within the last few years, and it is mandatory to update these records annually to keep our program running. PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORMS FOR ALL RENTALS THAT YOU HAVE REGARDLESS IF THEY ARE RECEIVING SECTION 8 RENTAL ASSISTANCE OR NOT. THIS IS HOW THE SURVEY SHOULD BE DONE.

    Please take the time to fill out the enclosed forms. Enclosed are 5 blank forms that are front and back for you to list your units. The more units that we have, the better. If you need more, please contact us to provide you with additional copies. We sincerely appreciate all of the surveys to be returned back to us no later than November 15th, 2019. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me at ext. 111 or the email indicated above.

    Thank you for your assistance,

    Kristy Rodriguez

    Executive Director

    Rent Reasonableness Letter to Landlord.pdf

    Rent Reasonable questionarrie.pdf

  • October 24, 2019 7:51 PM | Anonymous

    UPDATED CALENDAR AS OF JANUARY 25TH, 2020


    October is our planning month for the following year and the TVRA board has put together a list of 31 events for 2020.

    To start the year, we will have the Annual Membership Banquet and Elections on Saturday,  January 25th, 2020.  This is going to be a fun event with good food, local and state news, games, and an election of four New Board Members.  Please think about being a Board Member, as you get the most up-to-date information on a continual basis.  But most of all, we are hoping to have more fun this year, so please come out and join us.

    We will conduct five local and free workshops for members, two paid Seminars from the Portland and Lane County Presidents, and four new member training classes.  Even if you have been a member for a while, the new member trainings will cover everything you need to know, what is available for you and your business, and what you should setup to be successful in the rental housing industry.   If you haven't attended them, please do so.  You must sign up for these classes, so we know how many people are coming. Click the register now button on the event emails or click on the TVRA Calendar and sign up directly on the website.

    Overall, this gives you eleven chances to receive training, ask questions, meet other landlords, and meet industry associates offering services that can help you.  It's going to be a great year for education, and we don't want you to miss any opportunity to better your business. 




    To download a copy of the 2020 Calendar, please click the link below:

    TVRA Calendar 2020.pdf


  • October 24, 2019 6:58 PM | Anonymous

    Payment standards are established according to HUD's FY FMR 2020 and HAMHC's rent comparable.  All amounts have been increased by 110%.  

    Effective 10/01/2019




    For a copy of the standards, click on the link below:

    10.01.19 HUD Malheur County Payment Standards.pdf



  • September 26, 2019 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Oregon’s Office of Economic Analysis has decreased the permissible rent increase for 2020. State law sets the permissible rent increase at 7% plus CPI. CPI fell from 3.4% to 2.9 %.  

    This makes the allowable statewide rent increase cap 9.9% for 2020.


    For those of you planning to issue a rent increase, effective January 1, 2020, you would need to serve/deliver your rent increase notice by October 1st, 2019 and use the new CPI (no more than 9.9%) for 2020.


    Click the orange box below for more detailed information. ​

     

    Oregon Maximum Annual Rent Increase for 2020


  • August 13, 2019 5:54 PM | Anonymous

    Attached is an update to the Oregon State Bar Seminar pertaining to the Senate Bill 608, The Tenant Protection Bill.

    Legal Q&A: An Update to Landlord/Tenant Law in Oregon

  • July 26, 2019 7:40 PM | Anonymous

    Email from:

    Good morning,

    As you are all familiar, the Law and Rule Required Course (LARRC) is updated following the regular legislative session and after changes to real estate law and rule. Per Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 696.425(3), the Real Estate Board “shall create or approve a real estate continuing education course for real estate licensees based on recent changes in real estate rule and law.”

    Previously, Agency staff would develop a draft course outline for the Real Estate Board to review and approve.  For this LARRC update, the Board is taking an active role in creating the course outline. 

    A timeline of public meetings and the comment period associated with LARRC can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/rea/about_us/Documents/LARRC-Schedule.pdf.

    Sincerely,

    Madeline Alvarado | Customer Service Manager

    Oregon Real Estate Agency

    530 Center St. NE Ste. 100, Salem, Oregon  97301-2505

    503-378-4590 | Fax: 503-378-2491

    madeline.c.alvarado@oregon.gov | www.oregon.gov/rea

    The Oregon Real Estate Agency is conducting a customer satisfaction survey. Your participation and comments are important to us and we would appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete the survey.  The survey can be found here:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MDD9LPP


  • July 26, 2019 7:30 PM | Anonymous

    Members,

    The new 2019 Forms Manual is here!

    Complete with updated information about completing your Landlord/Tenant forms to comply with the new SB 608 Tenant Protection Bill requirements, it is a MUST for your Business.

    This is the most important tool in your landlord or property management toolbox, so much so, that we will be changing our next regularly scheduled TVRA workshop to teach you how to use your Forms Manual appropriately. 

    Don’t miss this Workshop! 

    _______________________________________________

    2019 ORHA Forms Manual Training

    by Cloud Miller

    The most important tool for Landlords and Property Managers is the Forms Manual.   Come learn how to use the manual and prepare your Rental Forms properly.  

    You can purchase your 2019 ORHA Forms Manuals before the event, starting today at Pine Valley Property Management, 95 SW 4th Ave, Ontario, OR 97914

    or

    You can buy a manual before the event at Matsy's Restaurant from 5:00pm-5:45pm.  We have only 50 Manuals available, so don’t delay!

    This is a very long class, so please do not be late. 

    ___________________________________________________

    August 27th, 2019

    6:00 – 9:00pm

    Matsy's Restaurant, 1241 SW 4th Ave, Ontario, OR 97914

    *****No Registration Needed*****

    But seating is limited, so be early, if you can!

    _____________________________________________________


  • July 26, 2019 7:27 PM | Anonymous

    Members,

    SB 608 – the Tenant Protection Bill has considerably changed the Landlord/Tenant Laws.  The Oregon Rental Housing Association has spent a considerable amount of time and effort producing new forms that are compliant with the new Laws. 

    It is imperative that you start using the new forms to protect your business and investments, today!

    Unfortunately, due to the amount of time and legal review needed to prepare these forms, prices have gone up. 

    The New Forms Pricing are as follows:

    Leases and Rental Agreements are $2 each

    NCR – 3 page carbon forms are $2 each

    All other forms are $1 each

    Lead-based paint pamphlets are $1 each

    Applications are 50 cents

    But, you can print your own applications for FREE!  Yes, that right…..ORHA is now giving away applications and form completion instructions for FREE. 

    Just visit the ORHA Forms Store at https://store.oregonrentalhousing.com/ and download your free copy today. 

    Photocopying is allowed for this form only!  We will still stock the printed forms at Pine Valley, but they will cost you 50 cents to acquire, as we have to order the printed forms from the ORHA office in Salem.

    2019 FORMS MANUALS are $50 each

    2019 LAW BOOK are $50 each and will be available at the end of the year

    LANDLORD BOOTCAMP BASIC TRAINING CLASS BOOK 2019 is $30. 

    This is the best comprehensive “beginning to end” Landlord/Property Management Manual, we have ever seen.  If you didn’t attend the class by Tia Politi, the Lane County President, then you definitely need the manual. 

    Prices and availability for the manual is limited, so get yours immediately, while supplies last.  We only have 30 copies left.

    Remember, some forms are “Online Purchase Only” and you will need to visit the ORHA Forms Store at https://store.oregonrentalhousing.com/ to purchase those forms.

    Also, when the Pine Valley office is closed you can purchase the forms online 24 hours a day. 

    Forms are $6.99 each for non-members and $2.99 each for members. 

    Use the your TVRA Membership Code:   TVRA.2011    

    This code is good until 31 August 2019 and a new code will be issued to only members on 1 September 2019.

    I have attached the TVRA Order Form, which lists all available Forms and Manuals.  The Order form lists each of the 67 Forms, Manuals, and Class Books that available and their current price. 

    You can complete this form and take it to the Pine Valley office to acquire your forms or complete the form at the office.

    Remember, you can write off your publication & forms purchases to your business and/or personal taxes, so please don’t hesitate to get the best industry forms available


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