Rental Housing Code
On July 11, 2022, City Council passed Ordinance 20670 adopting Renter Protections Phase I. Watch the July 11, 2022 session and Review the Agenda Item Summary and Council Materials. On August 13, 2022, Ordinance 20670 went into effect and is enforceable. The accompanying Administrative Rules to Ordinance 20670 are also in effect and include an updated fee. The City of Eugene now provides several forms for landlords and tenants as outlined in Ordinance 20670. The forms can be found below.
Renter and Landlord Forms:
Move-In Move-Out Documentation Form
Find more information about the Renter Protections Process, including Phase II on this webpage: eugene-or.gov/renterprotections
To be included in the Renter Protection interested parties email list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Rental Housing Code
The rental housing code was created in 2005 to ensure rental properties in the city are safe by creating minimum habitability standards, and by providing resources for property owners/managers and renters.
The standards cover ten areas:
Mold is addressed through the weatherproofing and plumbing standards.
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Prior Updates to the Rental Housing Code
Effective February 26th, 2017, Eugene City Council adopted proposed changes to the Rental Housing Code Ordinance. The changes were based on recommendations from the Housing Policy Board. The adopted ordinance added language to the Rental Housing code to address carbon monoxide alarms, electrical systems, appliances, and rats. The approved ordinance also removed the sunset clause and added language requiring the City Manager review the Rental Housing Code program and report to City Council every three years.
The full text of the new Rental Housing Code Ordinance can be found here.
Rental Housing Program Updates
The goal of the program is to help renters and owners communicate with each other so they can resolve their issues without further city involvement or legal action. The program is complaint driven and requires written communication from the renter to the owner/manager at least 10 days before a complaint will be accepted by the City.
Costs for the program are paid by a $20 annual unit fee. The property owner or owner’s agent is responsible for paying the fee.
Property owners and owners’ agents can use this calculator to find out if they live within the distance required to be a local contact: