I have rented the same house for close to 20 years. It is overseen by a local property management company. I never hear about new rules or regulations until I have inadvertently broken one (i.e. holiday lights must be removed within one week of said holiday passing). Don't they have a responsibility to keep the tenants informed of new rules and regulations? I kind of feel like I am being set up to fail.
— Local renter,
For some of us here at SYA headquarters, it'd be Christmas every day if we had our druthers.
But we digress.
To answer your question, we checked with Laurel Adams, president of the Southern Oregon Rental Owners Association and owner of All Cities Property Management Co.
According to her, the party keeping your holiday spirits down may not be the owner or the property management company, but the rules of a homeowners association that simply didn't get to a tenant until the rule was broken.
"I think they're living in a homeowners association where they have a rule about lights," she said.
Adams said property management companies try to stay on top of homeowners association covenants, conditions and restrictions (commonly referred to as CC&Rs), but if rule changes aren't recorded, they aren't added to the CC&R document that's available to the public — and to the property management company.
She added that even if a homeowners association informs an owner of a rule change, it doesn't always get communicated to the property management company or to the tenant.
"Many of them (property management companies) don't get the information," Adams said.
On top of homeowner association rules, landlords face frequent ordinance changes at the state and local levels, but the Southern Oregon Rental Owners Association can help. The organization offers landlords literature, forms, newsletters, books and classes on topics such as the basics of landlord-tenant laws and evictions. The association can be reached at www.soroa.net, 541-842-7676 or email@example.com.
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