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Changes to Portland Relocation Assistance Ordinance

The City of Portland recently made changes to the relocation assistance ordinance.  This ordinance mandates a payment from the landlord when an end of tenancy notice is served or if rent is raised 10% or more resulting in the tenant leaving.  According to Multifamily NW: Related to rent increases, the tenant can now submit their “request for relocation assistance” within the first 45 days …

Educating Yourself

If you are a homeowner managing your own properties, online courses can be very beneficial if that type of learning works for you.  If you like learning from written material, onlineed.com is the best site we have encountered for taking online classes pertaining to the State of Oregon.  We have taken classes via other providers that were pretty disappointing both because of the design …

Landlords and Marijuana in a Pro-Pot State

Indoor smoking has been universally banned and it is rare for tenants to smoke cigarettes/tobacco indoors.  Nonetheless, indoor pot smoking continues to be a problem for landlords.  This issue has become even more difficult to deal with since marijuana smoking was legalized in the State of Oregon.  Tenants have become more brazen about their smoking, and it presents a serious challenge for landlords.

Searching for a Property Manager: Finding the Right Fit

There are many questions an owner has when searching for a management company.  In the process of weighing cost, reputation, and reliability, it can be easy to overlook an important element: compatibility. Property owners’ wants and needs can vastly vary.  State law dictates the primary functions a manager must perform and outlines many of the corresponding procedures, but there are still many facets to management …

Landlord FAQ

As a landlord, you have probably heard numerous nightmare stories about tenants that have raised concerns as you rent your own property.  As you set expectations for your tenants and/or create policies for your property, it is important to understand the lay of the land so-to-speak.  Here is a list of common landlord questions we encounter, and the answers that may help you better understand …

Tenant Gardening Part 2 – Outdoor Options for Small Spaces

One of the most satisfying experiences is eating vegetables from your own garden. If you’re lucky enough to have a sunny porch or balcony in your rental, then you can grow food. Even if it’s small, think creatively about how to use vertical space. Hanging planters can also be a good option. To get started, you will need: Suitable containers/pots (must have drainage holes) …

Tenant Gardening Part 1 – Excellent Indoor Plants

Most renters don’t have the option to have a full-fledged garden, and many don’t even have the option of a raised bed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow something. There are many indoor plants that are easy to care for and many don’t even require a lot of sunlight. Here are a few of our favorites: Prayer plant (Maranta leucoreura) This unique plant …

Top Ten Amenities Tenants Want

If you are buying a new investment property or if you own an existing property and wonder why your rent isn’t higher, it is important to consider your potential tenants and your competition.  As a landlord you want to maximize your investment and keep good tenants, but to do that you have to be competitive.  If your property falls short of what tenants want …

Helping Landlords See Your Dog Like You Do

We frequently get calls from frustrated tenants who are looking to rent with a dog (or dogs).  Most typically these dogs are over 15 pounds and/or an “aggressive breed” since those are the most common restrictions.  It is a tough situation for both the tenant and the potential landlord.  While we sympathize with the tenant and the fact that there are plenty of “aggressive …

Industry Advisors: Insurance Tips For Landlords and Tenants

When it comes to landlord and renter’s insurance policies, we hate to see people learning about their policies or lack thereof once it is too late.  Information is key, so we asked Heidi Doebel with Allstate insurance if she would share some tips that tenants and landlords need to know before the time comes to make a claim: Tenants: Renter’s insurance covers liability up …