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The Lay of the Land(lording); or, On Becoming a Professional Landlord in Oregon


Are you interested in becoming a landlord? Several resources are available to help prepare you before taking the plunge and then support you after you have. To find not only landlord training and classes but also current forms, tenant screening services, updates on relevant legislation, and much more, look into the various professional associations for property owners and managers, such as the Oregon Rental Housing Association. Other Oregon landlord associations throughout the state can be found in the listing here.

In the Portland metropolitan area, two important organizations are the Rental Housing Association of Greater Portland and the Metro Multifamily Housing Association. Also, the City of Portland’s Bureau of Development offers a “Landlord Training Program” for Portland-area property owners and managers. Watch for upcoming spring training sessions, or call 503-823-7324 to provide your email contact information; they will notify you when those spring dates are scheduled.

Both potential and current Oregon landlords may find the following publications useful as well:

Handbook for Oregon Landlords by Stevens-Ness Publishing Co.

Landlord/Tenant Rights in Oregon by Janay Haas

Landlord-Tenant Law: Rights and Obligations of Landlords and Tenants by the Multnomah Bar Association

Real Estate Disputes by the Oregon State Bar

Eviction court: the vexing issues by the Oregon Law Institute

Finally, call or visit your nearest county public law library for more information, and be sure to check out the several previous OLR blog posts about landlord/tenant law in general.

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