March 2022

President's Message

Tia Politi, ORHA President

New form online - We are ready to go with our new Mutual Termination Agreement. It is available online and locals may go ahead and purchase printed copies. With a limited ability to terminate tenancy and do what we wish with our property, this can be a great option in certain situations.

I offered a free class on Pandemic Expirations as a follow up to last month’s article on the same topic. If you couldn’t make it, the link is available for viewing on our website.

We’re upgrading our remote meeting attendance experience. The Executive Committee has approved the purchase of a video gadget called the Owl. As we’ve pivoted to online-only meetings twice a year, it has resulted in a savings of between...

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Office Update

Benjamyn Seamans

Hello all, I hope that 2022 is off to a great start for every one of you! The office has been running very smoothly over the past month and I truly feel that ORHA is performing phenomenal! Our office is periodically checking emails and voicemails Monday through Thursday should you have any questions or concerns.

Last month we received feedback that some of the local associations would like a link to our newsletter… and we made that happen! Thank you to Maria and Cloud, local associations can now visit our newsletter archives. Currently only February is viewable; however, our goal is to post them on the archives monthly. Additionally, we recommend...

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Mind Your Business: Tia's Tips for Better Rental Management

Renter's Insurance -- ORS 90.222

I am often asked by rental owners how their tenant’s renter’s insurance can help them, or how it helps their residents. While there is some variation in policy coverage, two of the best reasons to require or encourage your residents to obtain it are: accidents and liability coverage.

Accidents happen. I once had a tenant who accidentally started a kitchen fire. Thank goodness she was insured. The damage claim exceeded $70,000 for damage to the home and her belongings. Without renter’s insurance, my owner’s insurance would have kicked in, but the resident would have been potentially liable for the deductible and any premium increase associated with the accident, and her personal property would not have been covered. Also, the owner’s insurance company may have sought to subrogate the claim to her. Instead, the home was restored and her damaged belongings replaced.

During a windstorm, a large tree fell on one of our resident’s homes. The owner’s insurance is covering the cost of repairing the damage to the home, but not...

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We're seeking a Deputy Legislative Director

Start Date: June 1st, 2022

Do you want to help fight for the rights of mom and pop rental owners throughout the state? Do you have experience in property management with a healthy knowledge of ORS 90? The Oregon Rental Housing Association is looking for a Deputy Legislative Director. 

Job description/Duties
The ORHA Deputy Legislative Director works in coordination with the Legislative Director, convening (mostly virtually) with legislators and other landlord groups to find consensus on plans of action and negotiated changes to landlord-tenant law. Responsible for all written communications to the local chapters of ORHA throughout the state, including e-blasts and the ORHA newsletter. This position requires a wildly varying time commitment with the bulk of the work happening during the legislative sessions...

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Mentorship Program Update

Attention: Local Associations with less than 100 members

Local associations with less than 100 paid members qualify to receive help under the ORHA Mentorship Program. The ORHA Mentorship Program is designed to assist with the scheduling and hosting of our thoughtfully curated educational webinars. If your association qualifies for the program, please feel free to view our list of available classes and reach out to to schedule your class today!

Not convinced yet? Check out what our participants have to say!...

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Housing Provider Tip of the Month

Rick Newton, CCROA President

Rapid Tip, because time is money!

I hate cleaning paint brushes because it seems to take forever to get all the latex paint to come out of the brush, and then I get to clean the sink.  I had found that Windex will cut latex spots on the floor, so I took that a bit farther.  I spray the brush I used with foaming glass cleaner, NAPA 8100, and then work that into the brush well.  Then I go under the running water, and the paint comes right out. 

You should be done in about 2 minutes.

Upcoming Events

Salem RHA


03/15/2022 | 12:00pm

Lane ROA

Eviction 101 - Taking Back Possession...

03/17/2022 | 11:00am

Lane ROA

How to Pass HQS Inspections...

03/22/2022 | 11:00am


Housing Provider 101B

03/22/2022 | 7:00pm


Law in Review & the Way Ahead 

03/22/2022 | 5:30 pm MST (in-person)


The Dark Side of Property Management...

03/24/2022 | 4:00pm

Lane ROA

General Meeting

03/24/2022 | 5:00pm

Lane ROA

The Small Claims Process

03/31/2022 | 11:00am

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