The Office will be closed on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021

The COROA office is now open!  We have limited paper forms available to purchase and ask that you call ahead to check and see if we are carrying the form that you need.  Many forms are ONLY available online and some will be changing soon so we have limited supply on hand. 

Our member ONLY hotline # is 541-323-6110, keep in mind that we are closed Friday through Sunday but someone will get back to you Monday through Thursday.

URGENT NEWS & LINKS:

ATTENTION!!!

THE ALLOWABLE STATEWIDE
RENT INCREASE FOR 2022 IS: 9.9%

On September 15, the State of Oregon's Office of Economic Analysis debuted the maximum rent increase rate for 2022 to be 9.9%. SB 608 set the maximum rent increase formula to be 7% plus the West Coast Consumer Price Index, which changes every year. For 2021 the maximum increase was 9.2%.

Once SB 608 passed in February of 2019 ushering in the first in the nation statewide rent control, it mandated that the state of Oregon create a web page and update it yearly by the end of September, to display the annual maximum rent increase allowed in Oregon.  The Oregon Rent Stabilization website is:

https://www.oregon.gov/das/OEA/Pages/Rent-stabilization.aspx

Rent increases going into effect for Oregon residents in 2022 must not be more than 9.9% as set forth in the Oregon Residential Landlord Tenant Act related to rent control. This applies statewide, including in the City of Portland. If a rental housing provider happens to increase the rent above maximum amount allowed, SB 608 specifies a penalty of 3 months’ rent, actual damages sustained by the tenant, and potential attorney fees and legal costs.

Please remember that there are limited exemptions to the rent cap for affordable housing providers and for new construction. Housing providers should not increase rent more than 9.9% without consulting with their attorneys about exemptions and how to implement.

This informational notice is not intended as legal advice. Please call your local Association Helpline if you have questions or contact an attorney for any policy change or decisions regarding residential and commercial Landlord-Tenant matters.


Senate Bill 278 and the CDC Moratorium Extension

Substantial changes in landlord-tenant law are in effect under the mandates of SB 278, signed into law on June 24, 2021. These changes are temporary but dramatically impact your rights to terminate for nonpayment through February 28, 2022. To further complicate matters, the CDC has extended their eviction moratorium through July 31, 2021.

Effective July 1, 2021, SB 278 requires that when serving a notice for nonpayment, the landlord must include a notice about a tenant’s rights to be protected from eviction. This notice must also be included with any court summons for eviction for nonpayment. “Nonpayment” means the nonpayment of a payment that is due to a landlord, including a payment of rent, late charges, utility or service charges or any other charge or fee as described in the rental agreement or ORS 90.140, 90.302, 90.315, 90.392, 90.394, 90.560 to90.584 or 90.630.

The required notice can be found at the ORHA Website, and the ORHA Forms Store site, and has been added to nonpayment forms on the forms store, including 10-Day Notice to Pay or Vacate for Nonpayment of Rent – ORHA form 4A, 13-Day Notice to Pay or Vacate for Nonpayment of Rent, ORHA form #44A, and Notice of Termination with Cause – ORHA form #38 (just in case you’re using a for-cause notice to require payment of other charges).

If, after serving a notice of termination for nonpayment, the Tenant provides the Landlord with documentation that they have applied for rent assistance, a Landlord may not deliver a termination notice for nonpayment or initiate or continue an action for possession based on the notice for nonpayment for 60 days. “Documentation” includes electronic mail, a screenshot or other written or electronic documentation from a rent assistance provider verifying the submission of an application for rental assistance.

If an eviction action has been filed and the Tenant provides the required documentation at or before the first appearance in court, the Tenant will be entitled to a 60-day stay of the action, while the rent assistance application is pending.

If, after the 60-day waiting period, the nonpayment balance remains unpaid, The Housing and Community Services Department shall provide a grant to a third party to make distributions to compensate landlords who, under section 2 of this 2021 Act, have delayed termination notices or eviction proceedings. A landlord may apply for compensation for nonpayment that accrued during the delay if the landlord demonstrates that:

  1. The tenant’s application for rental assistance was denied; or
  2. Sixty days have passed since the tenant provided documentation of application for rental assistance without the landlord receiving rental assistance.

 Courts will dismiss eviction actions for nonpayment if the court determines that:

  • The landlord failed to attach the notice as required.
  • The tenant’s nonpayment was substantially caused by the landlord’s failure to reasonably participate with a rental assistance program.
  • The landlord receives rental assistance covering the rent owed under the notice.
  • The tenant provided the landlord with documentation of application for rental assistance as described in subsection (2) of this section before the claim was filed. 

 If a Landlord violates this section:

  • A tenant may obtain injunctive relief to recover possession or address any other violation;
  • The tenant has a defense to an action for possession by the landlord.

 Notwithstanding ORS 105.137 (4), if a claim for possession is dismissed under this section, the tenant is not entitled to prevailing party fees, costs, or attorney fees if the landlord:

·         Delivered to the tenant all notices required under subsection (3) of this section as required;

·         Did not know, and did not have reasonable cause to know, at the time of commencing the action that the tenant had provided documentation of application for rental assistance under subsection (2) of this section; and

·         Promptly dismissed the action upon becoming aware of the documentation of application for rental assistance.

 CDC Moratorium Extension

The CDC moratorium prohibits eviction of “covered persons,” and applies in states whose rules are less restrictive than the CDC rules. Since the implementation of the CDC rules months ago, Oregon’s rules have been considered by many to be more restrictive; however, with this one-month extension, and the new rules imposed by SB 278, we are unsure if this is still the case.

This CDC moratorium prohibits Landlords from taking action against Tenants based on nonpayment if they have provided their Landlord with a declaration asserting various conditions that prevent them from paying. You can read the CDC moratorium rules and find the Tenant Declaration at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-eviction-declaration.html

 The Takeaway

Housing providers are strongly encouraged to seek legal advice prior to serving any notice of termination for nonpayment as we cannot be sure how the two laws intersect, or which one a court may rule takes precedence over the other. If the CDC moratorium is not extended beyond July 31, 2021, housing providers will only be required to comply with the mandates of SB 278; however, it is important to note that the protections offered to renters by the bill remain in effect through February 28, 2022.

Welcome to the Central Oregon Rental Owners Association

COROA is an organization of rental owners and managers who have joined together with a commitment to education and professionalism. Since 1979, COROA has been dedicated to helping rental owners and managers find and keep the best tenants, stay abreast of the latest rental laws, and protect their investments.

COROA members learn to treat their rentals as the business investment they are, and respect their tenants as the clients they are. Our monthly classes cover such topics as screening, evictions, abandoned property, law updates, tax advice and more. We understand that our members include not only seasoned professionals but also brand new rental owners, both of whom learn from the basic classes and also enjoy the more advanced class topics. Equally important is the networking that goes on at our monthly classes. As fellow landlords meet, ask questions, share experiences and learn great information, an association develops grounded on common goals and interests.

COROA represents more than 5000 rental housing units in Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson and Klamath Counties. Our members own or manage as few as one, or more than several hundred units. We are currently the third largest rental owners association in Oregon, and enjoy a membership of approximately 550.

Our affiliation with Oregon Rental Housing Association (ORHA) allows our membership to be part of a much larger and more powerful lobbying group dedicated to passing fair and balanced Landlord/Tenant Laws and legislation. We regularly enjoy speakers from ORHA at our monthly meetings.


  We are located at 354 NE Greenwood, Suite 112 in Bend

OFFICE hours:  12pm to 4pm, Monday-Thursday

ph 541-323-6110

2020 Law Book is Now AVAILABLE!! 

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Member price is $100 and non-member pricing is $125.

Please call 541-323-6110 to purchase a Law Book or e-mail info@centraloregonrentalowners.org.   We can mail the book out at an additional cost of $8.55. 

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Mission Statement

To promote the financial success of our members by teaching them how to wisely manage their rental investments.  From our classes and interaction with other members, COROA members will learn how to find and keep the best tenants, know the latest rental laws, and act ethically in their rental business. 

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