Public Hearing Scheduled on Proposed Changes to Rental Housing Code Ordinance January 17


The Rental Housing Code (Eugene Code 8.425) was adopted to establish minimum habitability standards that all rental properties must meet, and to provide assistance to renters, property owners or managers when there is a question about those standards.

The public hearing on January 17th is an opportunity for the public to give feedback to the Eugene City Council on proposed changes to the Rental Housing Code Ordinance. The changes are based on recommendations from the Housing Policy Board and add language to the Rental Housing code to address carbon monoxide alarms, electrical systems, appliances, and rats.

The proposed changes also remove the sunset clause and add language requiring the City Manager review the Rental Housing Code program and report to City Council every three years.

After the public hearing, the Council is scheduled to take action on January 23, 2017. If no further action is taken the code’s ordinance will sunset on March 1, 2017 and be repealed.

Public Hearing:
Tuesday, January 17th, 7:30 p.m.
Harris Hall, 125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene

Information on how to give testimony can be found at http://www.eugene-or.gov/524/Public-Participation.

Rental Housing Code

About the Rental Housing Code
The rental housing code was created in 2005. The purpose of the code is to make sure rental properties in the city are safe by creating minimum standards that they must meet, and by providing assistance for property owners/managers and renters when there is a question about those standards.

The standards cover six areas:

  • heating
  • plumbing
  • security
  • smoke detection
  • structural integrity
  • weatherproofing

Mold is addressed through the weatherproofing and plumbing standards.

Program Goal
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.