President’s Message features education, organizational changes, and the annual holiday toy drive.
Well I just don’t know where this year has gone. At the Rental Housing Association, we have worked on many changes for the association. I have heard from several people that we are the best kept secret. This last year we have been laying the ground work to become the best known landlord association in Oregon. My passion has always been to give the keys to success to landlords and property managers through education and assistance. I remember the day I walked into court not understanding all the laws. I lost the case due to a very small detail. We at the RHA want to educate and assist every landlord and property manager to understand the landlord/tenant Act of Oregon.
I always think of December as the month of giving! There are so many worthy organizations to give to each year. The RHAGP would like to remind you of our Annual Toy Drive. We are asking for toys, gift cards and gift items for kids. These toys and gifts will be given to families of the National Guard and Reserve personnel serving overseas! More details can be found at www.rhagp.org.
You will see some changes in the office this next year, if you have not already noticed. Alita Dougherty, our office manager for the past eight years has retired from the Office Management position. Alita will not go far, lucky for us, she will be joining the board and is acting as board consultant. She has been working towards retirement for the last couple of years. We were able to hold her off for the last couple of years, but no longer. Alita has been, and will continue to be, an asset to our organization. We are looking forward to her joining the board in 2014!
Cari Pierce has moved from Member Services Representative to the position of Office manager. Cari has worked in the property management industry since 2007 during which she worked for a Portland property management company as the office coordinator before her boss (a Rental Housing Association of Greater Portland member) decided to sell her property management company and retire. Cari is currently a RHA member and assists in the management of 14 family owned units in the Portland area.
The office has worked really hard this year. Our new office staff are learning quickly and doing a great job. Be assured, if they don’t know the answer to your question, they can direct you to someone who does. We have several Mentors that are willing and able to help. The RHA office is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Special, thank you to Cindy Robert, Rainmakers, LLC for helping us to work with our state lawmakers. We had a solid presence at the legislature this year and look forward to continue in the future. We worked for the benefit of all landlords – whether you own one rental or hundreds, we were there for you. Although we did not get everything we wanted, we did let them know our position on several bills and we were heard!
My final thank you is to everyone, from board members, to association members and consultants; thank you for assisting me in the position of President for the RHA. I am looking forward to 2014 as another successful year!
Since 1927, the Rental Housing Association of Greater Portland has held the standard of landlord civic participation and provided affordable housing to Oregonians.
The Rental Housing Association of Greater Portland
10520 NE Weidler Portland, Oregon 97220