Legal News

Fair Housing Video Update

January 8, 2020

NAR has provided an update to the Fair Housing Act, producing a short video that breaks down what you need to know.

The Fair Housing Act is more than do’s and don’ts, rights and penalties. Fair Housing protects your business as real estate professionals who depend on a free, open market with equal opportunity. ...

Residential Asbestos Survey

October 7, 2019

Oregon adopted new requirements in 2018 for handling asbestos. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality requires property owners and contractors to identify asbestos and to properly handle, package and dispose of asbestos waste from demolition and renovation projects. A new requirement that’s especially applicable to the real estate industry is the new residential renovation ...

Update on Class Action Antitrust Litigation

August 21, 2019

REALTORS® are encouraged to have transparent conversations with current and prospective clients about the services they will provide and how they will get paid for those services. The National Association of REALTORS® developed the following message points to make sure members are up to date and knowledgeable about the litigation and help guide their conversations ...

Supreme Court Opens Door to Federal Court for Local Takings Claims

July 1, 2019

In a 5-4 decision penned by Chief Justice Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 21 expanded private property rights by providing a direct route to federal court when a property owner has a claim that a state or local government has taken property without just compensation in violation of the 5th Amendment of the ...

Notification of Illegal Drug Manufacturing

April 10, 2019

Site According to Oregon Law, the local government or the State has the power to notify neighbors of illegal drug manufacturing sites in the vicinity of their property. Urban neighbors within 300 feet of an illegal drug manufacturing site, and rural neighbors within a quarter of a mile, will receive the notice.

At the insistence ...

Building Permits

April 10, 2019

The Building Codes Division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has put out a public information press release regarding new provisions to the Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement asking sellers to disclose whether they had building permits for any remodeling done to the house. The press release implies there is some new law ...

The Homebuyer Protection Act (HPA)

April 10, 2019

The Homebuyer Protection Act (HPA), designed to protect home buyers from unrecorded construction liens, went into effect January 1, 2004 and was later amended in 2010.  The Act applies to all new home construction as well as recent major remodels. OAR offers risk management forms for the benefit of members as they navigate the HPA HPA Guidelines