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:
carbon monoxide alarms
Mold is addressed through the weatherproofing and plumbing standards.
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.
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 $10 annual unit fee. The property owner or owner’s agent is responsible for paying the fee.