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September 19 — Landlord Tenant Relations

The 2019 session of the Legislative Assembly approved SB 608, which has been signed by the Governor. The bill makes several changes in existing landlord/tenant relationships. In general, it eliminates the ability to evict tenants without cause after twelve months of tenancy, except in limited situations, and it limits the amount by which a landlord may increase rents. On September 19, two experts in landlord/tenant relationships will discuss the impact of the new law on the rental market and on both landlords and tenants.

John VanLandingham earned his BA from the Virginia Military Institute and his JD from the University of Oregon School of Law. He has served as a Staff Attorney for the Lane County Legal Aid & Advocacy Center since 1978 (merged with Oregon Law Center in January 2017), with a focus on residential landlord/tenant law on behalf of tenants and affordable housing development at the local and state levels. John has been an active advocate in the Oregon legislature since 1991 on those two areas. He led the General (aka Apartment) Landlord/Tenant Coalition from 1991 to 2016 and the Manufactured Housing (Park) Landlord/ Tenant Coalition from 1997 to the present. Both coalitions consist of tenant and landlord advocates and related folks and both produced negotiated compromise legislation in every long legislative session. John also served 12 years on the Eugene Planning Commission and then 12 years on the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission.

Jim Straub is a third-generation landlord and real estate investor in Oregon with over 29 years of personal experience investing in, building and managing residential real estate. He also owns Acorn Property Management, LLC with offices in Portland and Springfield.

Since 2010, Jim has represented the Oregon Rental Housing Association as their Legislative Director. ORHA consists of 14 chapters across the state with over 5,500 members. Jim brings a wealth of practical experience with a moderate voice to facilitate innovative ideas for modern/today’s housing dilemmas/solutions.



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