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  • September 19, 2018 3:47 PM | Anonymous

    Mark L. Busch, a landlord-tenant attorney, presents a video to answer questions that most Landlords have about Landlord-Tenant Law.  He advertises with our state-wide association, the Oregon Rental Housing Association, and represents Landlords in the state of Oregon.

    Check him out at https://marklbusch.com

    Questions that most Landlords have about Landlord-Tenant Law are at the following points in the video: 

    1. What is the most common Landlord-Tenant dispute you help with? (0:23)
    2. How does the sale of a property affect the lease and its tenants? (1:23)
    3. What is the proper way for a landlord to handle the collection, storage, and return of a security deposit? (2:40)
    4. What are the three most important lease clauses that should be in every residential lease? (4:31)
    5. What’s the proper procedure for a landlord to handle a tenant who fails to pay rent? (6:18)

  • August 31, 2018 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    HUD No. 18-086

    HUD Public Affairs

    (202) 708-0685


    Monday, August 20, 2018


    New task force aimed at boosting landlord participation in Housing Choice Voucher Program

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced a Department-wide task force as part of a larger campaign to encourage more landlords to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. HUD’s HCV Program is the nation’s largest rental subsidy program assisting more than two million low-income households each year. However, two new studies find most landlords do not accept voucher-holders, and those who do complain about the program’s administrative requirements and housing authorities which manage the program at the local level.

    Consequently, Secretary Carson established HUD’s new Landlord Task Force and announced a number of forums across the county to hear directly from landlords on ways to increase their participation in the HCV Program.

    “These studies tell us that we have a lot of work to do to engage more landlords, so our Housing Choice Voucher Program can offer real choice to the families we serve,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “We will be traveling the country to hear directly from landlords about how we can make this critical program more user friendly.”

    Next month, HUD will release a new study of landlord voucher acceptance in five cities: Philadelphia; Los Angeles; Fort Worth; Newark, New Jersey; and Washington, DC. The study, which was sponsored by HUD and conducted by the Urban Institute, is the first to use paired testing methods across multiple sites to examine landlord treatment of voucher recipients. While landlord participation varies across the five study sites, the researchers found voucher recipients are hard pressed to find a landlord who will accept their vouchers, especially in higher opportunity neighborhoods. In addition, landlords often ‘stand up’ testers posing as voucher recipients and even deny rental requests once testers reveal their source of income. Read a summary of HUD’s and the Urban Institute’s forthcoming Pilot Study of Landlord Acceptance in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

    Another study examined the role landlords and property managers play in housing low-income tenants, especially voucher recipients, in three urban rental markets—Baltimore, Cleveland, and Dallas. Prepared by Johns Hopkins University, the study examined how these local markets influence a landlord’s decision whether or not to participate in the HCV Program. The researchers found that, while many landlords liked the program’s reliable rent payments, the main reasons given for not participating in the HCV program were frustrations with required inspections and disappointment with how local housing authorities handle disputes with tenants. Read Urban Landlords and the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

    To encourage more landlords and property managers to participate in the HCV Program, HUD’s new Landlord Task Force will host a number of forums across the country to engage directly with housing providers, specifically those who do not participate in the voucher program. These listening forums are intended to reveal how HUD might make its primary rent subsidy program more accessible and acceptable, specifically in higher opportunity neighborhoods where landlord participation is lowest.

    HUD will begin its landlord engagement campaign on September 20th in Washington, DC when it will present the findings of the two aforementioned studies. Individual landlord forums are planned in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Salem, Oregon. After completing these landlord forums, the Landlord Task Force will provide policy recommendations to the Secretary on programmatic changes to increase landlord participation in the HCV Program.

    HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

    More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet

    at www.hud.gov and https://espanol.hud.gov.

    You can also connect with HUD on social media and follow Secretary Carson on Twitter and Facebook or sign up for news alerts on HUD's Email List.

  • August 02, 2018 6:58 PM | Anonymous

    Are you interested in hearing the latest news on the Rental Industry?

    The Oregon Rental Housing Association sends out newsletters with interesting articles about best practices for Landlords and upcoming laws effecting the industry.  If you would like to read the articles, you can sign up on their website and receive a free copy emailed to you or you can follow the link at the top of this page to see current and previous newsletters.

  • May 25, 2018 12:59 PM | Anonymous


    This word and phrase list is intended as a guideline to assist in complying with state and federal fair housing laws. It is not intended as a complete list of every word or phrase that could violate any local, state, or federal statutes. This list is not intended to provide legal advice. By its nature, a general list cannot cover particular persons' situations or questions. The list is intended to make you aware of and sensitive to the important legal obligations concerning discriminatory real estate advertising.

    Fair Housing Advertising Word-Phrase List

  • April 01, 2018 9:35 PM | Anonymous



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

    HUD.gov - 50th Anniversary of the F.H.A.

    Consistency is the Key to Compliance

    Advertising Guidelines

  • July 07, 2017 6:57 PM | Anonymous

      Legislative Update –

    VICTORY ON HB 2004!!

    July 7, 2017

    ORHA members – our hard work has paid off! I couldn’t be more pleased to announce that HB 2004 has died in the Oregon Senate.

    After the Oregon House narrowly passed the bill 31-to-27 in early April, HB 2004 was never able to garner the support of the 13 Republican Senators and two key Democratic Senators, Sens. Rod Monroe (D-Portland) and Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose). Many of the Senators cited our members concerns when describing their decision to oppose this bill and its amendments, including the bill’s attempts to remove no-cause notices, to require landlords pay tenants’ relocation expenses, and the provision to lift the ban on rent control.

    I know many of you spent countless hours emailing, calling, writing and testifying in front of the Oregon Legislature. We always believed those efforts would succeed in the end, and we couldn’t have done it without your unwavering support. Thank you and congratulations, ORHA members!


    Jim Straub
    ORHA Legislative Director

    Oregon Rental Housing Association
    1462 Commercial Street N.E. Salem, Oregon 97301

  • May 22, 2017 6:10 PM | Anonymous

    I want you to call each and every state Senator and ask for their commitment to vote AGAINST ANY BILL that would eliminate no-cause notices!  Let’s stop this bill!!


    Our efforts are helping!  Many of you responded to our last Call to Action by contacting your legislators.  We need that kind of passion to continue in order to stop this bill in its tracks in the Senate!  I need everyone who has responded in the past to do so again.  If you’ve already contacted your Senator, Great!  You need to do it again!  If you’ve sat on the sidelines until now, it’s now or never!  (See below for Senators’ contact information and helpful hints.) 

    The Senate Committee on Human Services’ scheduled Work Session on May 31st will culminate in a committee vote on HB 2004-A – potentially passing the bill to the Senate floor for a final vote.  The Senate is all that stands in the way of this bill passing and being signed by Governor Brown.

    Here’s what the bill does:

    • Virtually eliminates the use of No-Cause notices
    • Requires that landlords renew leases with substantially the same terms or face a monetary penalty
    • Requires landlords to pay relocation expenses for tenants


    Take action today:

    • Call each and every state Senator and ask for their commitment to vote AGAINST ANY BILL that would eliminate no-cause notices


    When contacting your Senator ~

    Know Your Audience:

    • Committee members are “citizen legislators,” and they want to hear your comments
    • Be respectful of committee members
    • Do not scold or insult members, or accuse members of causing your issue.  This may alienate members from your cause

    Know the Issue:

    • Draw from your own knowledge and experience
    • Support personal opinions with as many facts as possible
    • Be knowledgeable of the “other side of the story”

    Presenting Your Written Testimony:

    • Address members formally (e.g., Senator Jones, Representative Brown)
    • State your name, city or county, and any other affiliation for the record
    • Clearly state whether you support or oppose the bill and briefly explain your reasons
    • When finished, thank the members and offer to answer any questions


    A Sample Letter to Your Senator:

    Dear Senator _______________,

    I oppose House Bill 2004-A.

    Put a personal story here that reflects how and why you would like to retain the ability to use a no-cause notice.  (For example:  Tenants’ fear of retaliation if they complain about a neighbor, leering or disturbing behavior by others, landlords having higher screening standards because of us not being able to end the agreement if things go sideways)

    Please represent me and your constituents at the state capitol by opposing HB 2004-A and ANY bill that would eliminate no-cause notices.

    Respectfully, your constituent,

    (Your Name)

    (Your Address)

    (City, State, Zip)

    (Your Email)


    Oregon State Senators 
    (Call, Send a letter and/or Email - Vote NO on HB 2004-A & NO Cause Notices): 
    Senator Contact Information
    Herman Baertschiger 900 Court St. NE, S-403
    R-Grants Pass Salem, OR 97301
    District 2 503-986-1702
    Lee Beyer 900 Court St. NE, S-419
    D-Springfield Salem, OR 97301
    District 6 503-986-1706
    Brian Boquist 900 Court St. NE, S-305
    R-Dallas Salem, OR 97301
    District 12 503-986-1712
    Ginny Burdick 900 Court St. NE, S-213
    D-Portland Salem, OR 97301
    District 18 503-986-1718
    Peter Courtney 900 Court St. NE, S-201
    D-Salem Salem, OR 97301
    District 11 503-986-1600
    Alan DeBoer 900 Court Street NE
    R-Medford Salem, OR 97301
    District 3 503-986-1703
    Michael Dembrow 900 Court St. NE, S-407
    D-Portland Salem, OR 97301
    District 23 503-986-1723
    Richard Devlin 900 Court St. NE, S-211
    D-Tualatin Salem, OR 97301
    District 19 503-986-1719
    Ted Ferrioli 900 Court St. NE, S-323
    R-John Day Salem, OR 97301
    District 30  503-986-1950
    Lew Frederick 900 Court St. NE, H-276
    D-Portland Salem, OR 97301
    District 22  503-986-1443
    Sara Gelser 900 Court St. NE, S-405
    D-Corvallis Salem, OR 97301
    District 8 503-986-1708
    Fred Girod 900 Court St. NE, S-401
    R-Stayton Salem, OR 97301
    District 9  503-986-1709
    Bill Hansell 900 Court St. NE, S-423
    R-Athena Salem, OR 97301
    District 29 503-986-1729
    Mark Hass 901 Court St. NE, S-207
    D-Beaverton Salem, OR 97301
    District 14  503-986-1714
    Betsy Johnson 900 Court St. NE, S-209
    D-Scappoose Salem, OR 97301
    District 16 503-986-1716
    Tim Knopp 900 Court St. NE, S-309
    R-Bend Salem, OR 97301
    District 27 503-986-1727
    Jeff Kruse 900 Court St. NE, S-315
    R-Roseburg Salem, OR 97301
    District 1 503-986-1701
    Dennis Linthicum 900 Court Street NE
    R-Klamath Falls Salem, OR 97301
    District 28 503-986-1728
    James Manning 900 Court St. NE, S-205,
    D-Eugene  Salem, Oregon 97301
    District 7  503-986-1707
    Laurie Monnes Anderson 900 Court St. NE, S-211
    D-Gresham  Salem, Oregon 97301
    District 25  503-986-1725
    Rod Monroe 900 Court St. NE, S-409
    D-Portland Salem, OR 97301
    District 24  503-986-1724
    Alan Olsen 900 Court St. NE, S-425
    R-Canby Salem, OR 97301
    District 20 503-986-1720
    Floyd Prozanski 900 Court St. NE, S-415
    D-Eugene Salem, OR 97301
    District 4 503-986-1704
    Chuck Riley 900 Court St. NE, S-303
    D-Hillsboro Salem, OR 97301
    District 15 503-986-1715
    Arnie Roblan 900 Court St. NE, S-417
    D-Coos Bay Salem, OR 97301
    District 5 503-986-1705
    Elizabeth Steiner Hayward 900 Court St. NE, S-215
    D-Beaverton Salem, OR 97301
    District 17  503-986-1717
    Kathleen Taylor 900 Court St. NE, H-377
    D-Portland Salem, OR 97301
    District 21 503-986-1441
    Kim Thatcher 900 Court St. NE, S-307
    R-Keizer Salem, OR 97301
    District 13 503-986-1713
    Chuck Thomsen 900 Court St. NE, S-316
    R-Hood River Salem, OR 97301
    District 26  503-986-1726
    Jackie Winters 900 Court St. NE, S-301
    R-Salem Salem, OR 97301
    District 10 503-986-1710
  • May 05, 2017 12:12 AM | Anonymous

    Thursday, May 4th, 2017

    I can’t fight HB 2004-A alone and its starting to feel like I am.

    I must have your help NOW! ORHA has over 3,000 members all across Oregon, and less than 200 of you have submitted testimony. This is an embarrassing and ridiculously low percentage!

    Silence is consent, and if you don’t exercise your voice now, you will have no right to complain about the result, an unpleasant consequence that we may all have to live with.

    Thankfully, testimony on HB 2004-A has been extended through Friday.

    Make your voice count on HB 2004-A. Here is the link, shs.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov just click on it, write a quick sentence and hit send. That's all it takes!

    If all you have is a single sentence, then so be it. Just say “I’m a landlord in X County, and I urge you to oppose HB 2004-A.” This single sentence is better than nothing.

    I’m counting on all of our ORHA members. Don’t let me and each other down now, when it matters the most. Make your voice heard and do it NOW!

    Jim Straub
    Your ORHA Legislative Director

    Oregon Rental Housing Association
    1462 Commercial Street N.E. Salem, Oregon 97301

  • May 02, 2017 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    We NEED you in Salem on Wednesday!

    Monday, May 1st, 2017


    We did it once before, and we need you to do it again!

    The public hearing on HB 2004-A has been scheduled to begin this Wednesday (5/3/2017) at the Oregon State Capital in Hearing room D at 1:00pm.

    We NEED to fill the seats in the hearing room! The tenant groups will literally have bus loads attending, just like last time - We have to be represented and only you can help.

    HB 2004-A would allow rent control, prohibit most End of Tenancy "no cause" notices, force fixed-term tenancies to extend to month-to-month and require landlords to pay relocation assistance to tenants, before they even move out!

    This bill declares an emergency making it effective on passage, which could be as early as next month.


    For those of you that cannot attend in person, and even those of you who will be there, it is imperative that you email your written testimony against HB 2004-A by 1:00pm Wednesday. Here is the link. shs.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov

    Please explain in your own words how the passage of this bill will affect you and/or your business.

    For those of you attending, please arrive by 12:30pm and sign up to speak at the table outside of the hearing room.

    Thank you all in advance!
    Jim Straub
    ORHA Legislative Director

    Oregon Rental Housing Association
    1462 Commercial Street N.E. Salem, Oregon 97301

  • May 01, 2017 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    We need you in Salem on Wednesday!

    Monday, April 17th, 2017


    Now is the time to make your voice heard! We had an overwhelming turnout for the public hearing on the House of Representatives side, and we need that much and even more for the Senate side.

    The Senate Committee on Human Services has finally scheduled a public hearing on HB 2004. They have not given us much time. It will be this coming Wednesday, May 3rd at 1:00pm in the capital building, hearing room D.

    I will send another email alert later today or tomorrow once I have been able to gather more information and strategize a bit on messaging.

    Thank you,
    Jim Straub
    ORHA Legislative Director

    Oregon Rental Housing Association
    1462 Commercial Street N.E. Salem, Oregon 97301

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