Rental bills: Manufactured homes notices, temporary subsides for rent help get hearings

FILE -- A group of people who live at Beaverton's Heritage Village holds signs Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 protesting the California-based property owner CAL-AMITY's air-conditioning violation notices. (KATU File Photo)

State senators held hearings Monday afternoon on four separate bills affecting renters and landlords in Oregon.

One of them is Senate Bill 277, which would increase the notice period for terminating a rental agreement and removing a manufactured dwelling.

The bill is in response to threats of eviction by a company called Cal-Am to tenants on its rental spaces in Beaverton and Salem last year if they didn’t remove air conditioning units or keep the properties clean.

Cal-Am told KATU at the time that it was an incentive to get people to improve their homes.

Lawmakers say they’re proposing these changes to keep the rules the same and people in homes.

“We need to do what we can, especially at a time when we have such a substantial housing crisis, to address the needs of Oregonians who are trying very, very hard to play by the rules,” said Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Northwest Portland and Beaverton.

Another bill up for a public hearing Monday was one proposed by landlords that would provide temporary subsidies for tenants needing help making rent. The measure is opposed by tenant advocates who want the state to overturn the ban on rent control.

The bills:

Senate Bill 880 - Permits landlord with cause to terminate tenancy for manufactured dwelling to give tenant courtesy notice of violation and opportunity to correct violation prior to giving notice to terminate tenancy.

Senate Bill 277 - Increases notice period for termination of rental agreement and removal of manufactured dwelling or floating home.

Senate Bill 794 - Establishes Oregon Renter Assistance Program for purpose of providing temporary rent subsidies to tenants of privately owned rental housing.

Senate Bill 821 - Directs Oregon Housing Stability Council, with advice of Community Action Partnership of Oregon, to develop policy for awarding grants to organizations that shall use funds in Emergency Housing Account to align with federal strategies and resources available to prevent and end homelessness.

Watch the public hearings on the bills:

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