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  • March 18, 2020 6:50 PM | Anonymous
    • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.
    • Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  
    • SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
    • Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities as well as updated on our website: SBA.gov/disaster.
    • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance per small business and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
    • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
    • SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
    • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.

    • For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center.

    Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) 

    or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

    Visit SBA.gov/disaster for more information.


  • March 11, 2020 3:23 PM | Anonymous

    The Housing Choice Landlord Guarantee Program has implemented an electronic application for program assistance. Hard copies of the applications are no longer accepted. This program has struggled with outdated applications being distributed, so an electronic version not only streamlines our process, but allows for the most current version of the application to always be used.

    You can find our application at the following link:

    https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/361882fd2bad4484bd07a13c5729d4b5



    This form is for HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) landlords seeking reimbursement for unpaid rent and damages incurred by past Housing Choice voucher tenants who began occupancy after July 1, 2014. Landlords must first obtain a Small Claim judgment in their local circuit or justice court before applying to this program. The information in this form is required to be submitted to Oregon Housing and Community Services.

    Supporting documentation may be attached through the use of this application or landlords may choose to mail the supporting documentation to Oregon Housing and Community Services; Housing Choice Landlord Guarantee, 725 Summer St. NE, Ste B, Salem, OR, 97301.

    Applications are for reimbursement and are limited to amounts in excess of $500 and less than $5,000.

    An application is not complete until this form is completed and all supporting documentation is included either with this application or by separate mailing.

    Funding for this program is limited and is dependent upon state budget allocation. If the program depletes of funds before receipt of any new allocation, landlords will be notified in writing and applications received by OHCS will be retained. If new funds are received, applications will be processed​ in the order that they were received. There is no guarantee that new funds will be made available.

    If you have questions, you may contact: landlord.guarantee@oregon.gov or 800-453-5511 option 8.


  • 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


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