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  • March 29, 2017 12:41 PM | Anonymous

    EMERGENCY ALERT!

    You must contact your legislator today!

    This Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m., the Speaker of the House is going to pass rent control, change no-cause eviction law, and require landlords to pay for evicted tenants to move.

    They waited until the last minute, the week of spring break, to schedule an 8:00 a.m. hearing this Thursday to discourage us from having our voice heard. We need you to call your legislator right now and tell them you are opposed to HB 2004 and all its amendments.

    The tenants union is touting a “compromise,” but there is no compromise. This is a power play to force rent control and make it even harder to evict bad people from safe neighborhoods.

    Your legislators must hear from you today—prior to the Thursday morning meeting.  We can’t miss this narrow window of opportunity!

    Call or e-mail immediately. This is a critical time for our industry. Together we must make our voices heard.

    Log on to https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/findyourlegislator/leg-districts.html for an interactive map to find your state legislator.

    Additionally, More Housing NOW! is a landlord advocacy group addressing these issues in Oregon. Visit and follow their Facebook and YouTube pages for more information and to stay informed as new developments arise:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/morehousingNOW/

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrIp-EW0UJgkK6jYJYWFmPA

    Thank you,

    Jim Straub
    ORHA Legislative Director

    HB 2004 PROHIBITS landlords from terminating a month-to-month tenancy without cause, except under certain circumstances, with 90 days' written notice and payment of relocation expenses that could be upwards of $5000.

    It also REQUIRES fixed term tenancies to become month-to-month tenancies on the ending date, unless the tenant elects to renew or terminate tenancy and REQUIRES the landlord to make tenant an offer to renew fixed term tenancy.

    Repeals the statewide prohibition on Rent Control.

    Declares emergency making it effective on passage.


  • March 13, 2017 9:37 PM | Anonymous

    PRESS RELEASE:  March 13, 2017

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Representative Cliff Bentz

    503-986-1460

    Governor Kate Brown Sends $1 Million in State Funds To Malheur County

    SALEM-Governor Kate Brown has allocated $1 million in state assistance to Malheur County to help as the area recovers from unprecedented damage caused by winter storms.

    The funds will be allocated through the Oregon Economic Development Department (Business Oregon) toward building structure damage assessment costs, onion disposal, and assistance in replacement of value-added agriculture processing and storage facilities.

    Governor Brown has also announced that since the thresholds for a federal Disaster Declaration through FEMA have been met, she will be requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration, with response from the Trump Administration expected within the next three weeks.

    In February, Congressman Greg Walden (R-Hood River) sent a letter to President Trump asking that his administration act expeditiously upon receipt of the request for a Disaster Declaration to both approve the request and to ensure that the federal assets normal for such an emergency are deployed to those Oregon counties suffering from the ravages of the winter of 2017.

    Rep. Bentz said, "I am thankful to Governor Brown for both visiting Malheur County, and for her recognition of the staggering losses and damages sustained by the people of this area. With hundreds of collapsed buildings, and thousands, if not millions of dollars in lost productivity, onion inventory, livestock, wages, and sales, the assistance of our state and federal government is essential. We are deeply appreciative of the Governor's help in directing scarce state resources to Malheur County, in the form of both agency assistance and money, and for her work with the Trump Administration to obtain a disaster declaration for our area."

    Once a federal Disaster Declaration is official, Malheur County will be eligible for a 75 percent/25 percent cost share on eligible publicly incurred (public buildings for example) damages. Those suffering livestock losses in Counties declared disaster areas will also be eligible for USDA disaster assistance programs. See press release of January 26th for contacts: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bentz/Documents/Snow%20Resources%20and%20Assistance.pdf


    Individuals in need of funding assistance for structural assessments should contact the Malheur County Extension Office at 541-881-1417 or via email at stuart.reitz@oregonstate.edu. Funding assessments will begin in mid-March.

    258 S. Oregon St., P.O. Box 1027, Ontario, OR 97914

    900 Court St. NE, H-475, Salem, OR 97301

    rep.cliffbentz@oregonlegislature.gov


  • March 05, 2017 12:48 PM | Anonymous

    This series of videos captures landlords' testimony in opposition of proposed House Bill 2004, which, if enacted, would prohibit landlords from terminating month-to-month tenancy without cause except under certain circumstances with 90 days' written notice and payment of relocation expenses.

    The prohibition of "no-cause" evictions would prevent landlords and property managers from protecting and ensuring the safety of good tenants.

    https://youtu.be/wmFULhERBMk


  • March 05, 2017 12:45 PM | Anonymous

    This series of videos captures landlords' testimony in opposition of proposed House Bill 2004, which, if enacted, would prohibit landlords from terminating month-to-month tenancy without cause except under certain circumstances with 90 days' written notice and payment of relocation expenses.


    https://youtu.be/u1IKFbLkONw

  • March 05, 2017 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    This series of videos captures landlords' testimony in opposition of proposed House Bill 2004, which, if enacted, would prohibit landlords from terminating month-to-month tenancy without cause except under certain circumstances with 90 days' written notice and payment of relocation expenses.

    The prohibition of "no-cause" evictions would prevent landlords and property managers from protecting and ensuring the safety of good tenants.

    https://youtu.be/bLGC3ByKhfU

  • March 05, 2017 10:51 AM | Anonymous

    This series of videos captures landlords' testimony in opposition of proposed House Bill 2004, which, if enacted, would prohibit landlords from terminating month-to-month tenancy without cause except under certain circumstances with 90 days' written notice and payment of relocation expenses.

    The prohibition of "no-cause" evictions would prevent landlords and property managers from protecting and ensuring the safety of good tenants.

    https://youtu.be/8s6Ra7TeE4o

  • March 01, 2017 6:59 PM | Anonymous

    HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES AND HOUSING 

    February 28, 2017 

    Hearing Room E 

    08:00 AM STAFF PRESENT: Cassandra Soucy, LPRO Analyst Ashley Clark, Committee Assistant 

    EXHIBITS: Exhibits from this meeting are available here 

    MEASURES/ISSUES: Work Session Informational Meeting Landlord-Tenant Law 

    Work Session Informational Meeting VIDEO 


    00:04:16 Landlord-Tenant Law - Informational Meeting 

    00:04:17 Chair Keny-Guyer 

    00:04:37 Jeff Edinger, President, Multifamily NW 

    00:11:02 EXHIBIT 9: Jim Straub, Legislative Director, Oregon Rental Housing Association 

    00:18:15 Rep. Stark MEMBERS PRESENT: Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, Chair Rep. Andy Olson, Vice-Chair Rep. Tawna Sanchez, Vice-Chair Rep. Chris Gorsek Rep. Dallas Heard Rep. Mark Meek Rep. Mike Nearman Rep. Ron Noble Rep. Carla Piluso Rep. Duane Stark 

    00:19:19 Vice-Chair Sanchez 

    00:22:36 Rep. Meek 

    00:24:52 Rep. Gorsek 

    00:25:27 EXHIBITS 10-12: John VanLandingham, attorney, Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy 

    00:42:35 Rep. Nearman 

    00:45:31 Vice-Chair Olson 

    00:49:20 Yoni Kahn-Jochnowitz, attorney, Fair Housing Council of Oregon 

    00:58:04 EXHIBIT 13: Dr. Eric Fruits, economist, Portland; adjunct professor, Portland State University 

    01:04:58 Shaun Jillions, Oregon Association of Realtors 

    01:18:48 EXHIBIT 14: Dr. Stephen Barton, Former Director, Berkeley Housing Department, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board 

    01:45:13 Martha McLennan, Executive Director, NorthWest Housing Alternatives 

    01:54:59 Meeting Adjourned

  • February 28, 2017 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    Testimony starts at 8:00 am Thursday March 2nd. Oregon State Capital, Hearing room F
    Start making your plans to attend.

    Friday, February 24th 2017

    Dear Members,

    Thank you to all those that have made arrangements to attend the hearing on HB 2004.

    We NEED to fill the seats in the hearing room!  We have to be represented and only you can help.

    You will find text of the measure in this link HB 2004. If you plan to testify, please prepare a short statement (less than two minutes in length) as to how this bill will impact you as landlords. Let me know if I can help.

    HB 2004 PROHIBITS landlords from terminating a month-to-month tenancy without cause, except under certain circumstances, with 90 days' written notice and payment of relocation expenses that could be upwards of $5000.

    It also REQUIRES fixed term tenancies to become month-to-month tenancies on the ending date, unless the tenant elects to renew or terminate tenancy and requires the landlord to make tenant an offer to renew fixed term tenancy.

    Repeals the statewide prohibition on city and county ordinances controlling rents.

    Declares emergency making it effective on passage.

    WE MUST STOP THIS!

    WE NEED YOU  IN SALEM!

    If you plan to go, please contact Jim Straub, ld@oregonrha.com

    Thanks in advance!

    Jim Straub
    ORHA Legislative Director



  • February 10, 2017 11:56 AM | Anonymous

    Rep. Bentz to Join Governor Brown & Sen. Ferrioli On Visit to Ontario to Review Snow Damage 

    ONTARIO—Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario), Sen. Ferrioli (R-John Day), and Governor Kate Brown will visit Ontario today to tour the snow damage. 

    There will be a public meeting at 12:45pm (MST) at the Four Rivers Cultural Center in the Medical Arts Room (676 SW 5th Ave, Ontario). Everyone is encouraged to attend to share with the Governor the challenges presented by this historical snowfall. The Governor’s press release regarding this visit is attached below: 

    ### PRESS ADVISORY

     February 9, 2017 Media Contact: Chris Pair, 503-559-5938 Bryan Hockaday, 503-580-7836 

    Governor Kate Brown to Visit Ontario to Support Recovery Efforts from Winter Storm Destruction (Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown will tour the City of Ontario in Malheur County Friday to support recovery efforts from damage caused by consecutive, record-breaking winter storms. Governor Brown will meet with local officials, business leaders, and community members during a storm damage assessment tour of Ontario. Following the tour, Governor Brown will join Idaho Governor Butch Otter for a joint press conference to address storm damage and efforts to aid recovery and provide relief to local communities, farms, and business. 

    In response to winter storm conditions that worsened in December, Governor Brown issued a statewide declaration of emergency to provide to communities, including Malheur County, all available state resources to ensure safety and support storm recovery efforts. 

    As winter storms continued and Malheur County and the City of Ontario experienced additional damage to buildings and agricultural structures, Governor Brown issued a Jan. 31 Emergency Order to ease and expedite ongoing recovery coordination. The Governor's order delegates discretion to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to temporarily suspend certain DEQ rules to accelerate DEQ-approved demolition and removal plans of building collapsed as result of severe winter storms of Malheur County. Members of the media are invited to attend Governor Brown's tour of Ontario and joint press conference with Idaho Governor Otter. 

    If planning to attend or for additional information, please contact Bryan Hockaday, 503-580-7836. 

    Friday, February 10 

    11:00 a.m. Driving Tour of Ontario Storm Damage Departs from Ontario Municipal Airport 581 SW 33rd St. Ontario 

    12:45 p.m. Meeting with Local Officials and Community Leaders Four Rivers Cultural Center, Medical Arts Room 676 SW 5th Ave. Ontario 

    4:00 p.m. Joint Press Conference with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Idaho Gov. Butch Otter Location to be announced by 10:00 a.m. ###

     www.governor.oregon.gov Previous Press Releases Chris Pair • Communications Director, Office of Governor Kate Brown • (503) 378-5965

    Governor Bentz Ferrioli touring Ontario Snow Damage.pdf

  • February 03, 2017 7:15 PM | Anonymous

    State Representative Cliff Bentz House District 60 PRESS RELEASE: 

    February 2, 2017 

    CONTACT: Representative Cliff Bentz 503-986-1460 Malheur County

     “Legislative Hotline” Video Conferences Scheduled 

    SALEM--Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) and Sen. Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) will hold a “Legislative Hotline” (video conference) call once per month during the 2017 Legislative Session, which will convene February 1st . These appearances, hosted by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, provide Malheur County residents an opportunity to discuss with the Representative and Senator legislative events and other statewide and local issues of interest. 

    Those interested should be at the Ontario School District Administrative Office (195 SW 3rd Ave., Ontario) at 7:00 a.m. (mountain time) on the following dates:

      February 9th at 6:00am (PST)/7:00am (MST)

      March 9th at 6:00am (PST)/7:00am (MST) 

     April 13 th at 6:00am (PST)/7:00am (MST) 

     May 11th at 6:00am (PST)/7:00am (MST) 

     June 8th at 6:00am (PST)/7:00am (MST)

     “These meetings will provide the opportunity to review what is happening in Salem with Malheur County residents. 

    I hope that those who follow the Oregon Legislature will join the two of us talk about proposed bills and other legislative actions. We want to know what you think and what you believe should be happening in the Legislature,” said Rep. Bentz. 

    Malheur Co. Leg. Hotline Calls Set.pdf

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