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  • 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

  • April 04, 2017 9:07 PM | Anonymous

    This morning, April 4th, the Oregon House voted in favor of HB 2004 and its amendments. It didn’t pass by much – the vote was 27 to 31. 31 votes is the minimum to pass a bill out of the House, and this shows the tremendous impact and response of our members! I want to especially recognize the energy and support our members put into contacting our legislators and lobbying against this bill. Our grassroots effort came very, very close to succeeding this time!

    The bill now passes to the Senate, where it will receive a first reading tomorrow and be assigned to a committee. Our work isn’t done, as there is still hope to defeat this bill in the Senate. Please watch for further updates and emergency alerts via email with more information about how you can do your part to stop this bill.

    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

  • March 29, 2017 12:41 PM | Anonymous


    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


    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


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