President Liz Carpenter reflects on landlord education and coming changes to rental industry laws.
Driving back from the coast with my family I was looking at the trees changing to fall colors and thinking about the kids going back to school; it made me realize that it is time for some schooling myself. With upcoming changes in the law for landlords and as a refresher on some of the nuances of landlording, I am thankful the Rental Housing Association of Greater Portland holds several classes each month. From landlord education law classes, and property management focused classes, to property maintenance classes, I am sure to sign up for several. Landlording 101 is October 12, 2013 and covers a broad range of law, property management and “how to” information on forms. Landlording 102, with dates in both September and October, covers coming changes to the Oregon Landlord/Tenant Act, a retrospective look at the past two years and new cases. Both landlord education classes are instructed by landlord attorneys and offer a wealth of information. John Sage, RHA’s education committee chair, is lining up some excellent classes for the remainder of this year.
For now the legislators have gone home and will return in 2015 for their long session, however this does not mean RHAGP has stopped working for the landlords. Our legislative committees, from the state level to city level, are continuing to work on the laws and changes to benefit the landlords of Oregon. Our commitment is to assist, educate and stand up for landlords rights. Cindy Robert, our lobbyist, is working on a few projects and will be updating us in the near future, so keep an eye out in the Update.
Fall also brings the thought to mind on preparing for the long rainy season and what needs to be done. Time to batten down the hatches.
As you know the Rental Housing Association of Greater Portland is a nonprofit organization. The board always welcomes and is open to members. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month.
Since 1927 the Rental Housing Association of Greater Portland has held the standard in community participation for landlords providing affordable housing in Oregon.