The City of Portland upped its economic attack on the city’s landlords last week by passing a “tenant relocation assistance” ordinance. The ordinance requires landlords in the City of Portland to pay relocation expenses to tenants evicted for no-cause, or tenants forced to relocate if a landlord raises rent 10% or more within a 12-month period. This is on top of a city ordinance passed in 2015 requiring 90-day rent increase notices (which is now also state law) and 90-day no-cause eviction notices.
Salem (Marion County)
Escrow/Title Companies and Manufactured Home Dealers:
The Oregon Building Codes Division (BCD) is moving toward launching a new online Manufactured Home Ownership Documents System (MHODS) with a projected "go-live" date of Feb. 1, 2017.
The MHODS system will replace the state's current LOIS Manufactured Records System. While the systems have similar features, there are some differences.
Political Lay of the Land for Oregon Business Community in 2016 - It is Not Pretty
Editor's Note: Recently came across this article. Although it pertains to Seattle this could just as easily happen in Salem, Medford, Bend or Newport. Make sure you know your Fair Housing Laws!!
The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) recently filed charges against 23 property owners after its latest round of fair housing testing allegedly showed that prospective renters experienced different treatment from Seattle landlords based on familial status, disability, and use of a federal Section 8 voucher.
The “short” session of the legislature begins this coming Monday, February 1st, 2016 and will be in session for 30 days. The constitutional amendment passed by Oregonians intended for the “short” session to take up necessary budget emergencies, rebalance spending and to make needed technical fixes to bills passed in the last legislative session. You would not know that this is the “short” session from the list of legislative proposals percolating in Salem.
This morning the Oregon State Senate passed the 2015 Landlord-Tenant Coalition Bill on a vote of 29-0 with one Senator absent. The bill now moves on to Governor Kate Brown’s desk for signature.
The last two weeks in the Oregon Legislature have been hectic. Yesterday was the deadline for bills in their originating chamber to move out of that chamber. In other words, House bills need to be out of House Committees and Senate bills had to be out of the Senate. This results in a large number of legislative proposals not moving forward which almost always is a good thing. The ten days leading up to this deadline is intense with lots of last minute proposals struggling to move out of committee.