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Call For Action: Stop HB 2004-B!

With yet another one-vote margin, HB 2004-B came out of committee today. It now heads to the Senate Floor for a vote.

While the adopted amendments to HB 2004-B address a number of concerns that were raised by the Oregon Association of REALTORS, there are still a variety of provisions that are problematic for landlords and real estate investors statewide.

This session we’ve asked you to engage on a variety of “Calls for Action.” I know the constant e-mail have been a distraction for many of you during a hot market. I can’t thank you enough for your responses to date.

I need to ask one more time. If there is any call for action that you respond to this legislative calendar, please, please, please make it this one!

Here is the good part of the amendments: The language that would allow San Francisco-style rent control rates adopted at the local level has been removed.

Here are the concerns we still have with the amended legislation:

  1. The bill eliminates the ability to utilize no-cause notices after the first 9 months of tenancy.
  2. While several provisions were added to allow for landlords to require a tenant to vacate the premises for significant renovation or the potential sale of the unit, all of those legitimate reasons come with the requirement of relocation fees.
  3. The bill contains an unworkable right of first refusal for a tenant that has already received relocation fees where significant repair or renovation has occurred.
  4. The bill still contains unworkable provisions and timelines for an owner selling to a good-faith purchaser who will occupy the residence.
  5. The bill contains an attorney provision that provides significant penalties against landlords of 3 months rent in addition to actual damages, in addition to allowing a one-year window for commencement of a complaint.

 Also, if the Senate votes to pass the bill, the House would have to concur (read “agree”) with the amendments. If the House doesn’t concur, then the bill goes to conference committee. Conference committee is the last place we want a controversial bill like this.

 A conference committee is made up of just a handful of members of both chambers. There is extreme danger of the language of the original HB 2004 to be adopted as amendments.

 Please take action today to let your Senators know you still have concerns with HB 2004! 

 

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I oppose House Bill 2004-B. The bill eliminates the ability to utilize no-cause notices after the first 9 months of tenancy. And while several provisions were added to allow for landlords to require a tenant to vacate the premises for significant renovation or the potential sale of the unit, all of those legitimate reasons come with the requirement of relocation fees. Furthermore, The bill contains an attorney provision that provides significant penalties against landlords of 3 months rent in addition to actual damages, in addition to allowing a one-year window for commencement of a complaint.

Please represent me and your constituents at the state capitol. Look at the facts. This is a bad policy. We should be working on better solutions to raising rents like increasing supply!

Respectfully, your constituent,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]

 

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