Legal News

Potential ADA Scam Alert

July 16, 2020

In June 2020, AXA, a Real Estate E&O carrier, received 16 ADA Fair Housing claims. All these complaints came from a single law firm stating that their clients website had some ADA violations, together with a demand letter as a complaint. These demands included requests for phone interview with the law firm to discuss existing violations. In all ...

Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-25 (Safe and Strong Oregon EO)

May 26, 2020

Governor Brown has released a new Executive Order 20-25 (Safe and Strong Oregon EO. This rescinds and replaces EO 20-12 (Stay Home, Save Lives). Please be sure to read through the details as many counties are now in Phase 1 of re-opening. Here are the baseline/statewide requirements that everyone must follow, unless specifically ...

Oregon’s “Re-Opening” Plans

May 7, 2020

May 11, 2020

On May 7 the Governor held a press conference and issued new guidelines on “re-opening” Oregon. The Governor is approaching re-opening on two paths: 1) Statewide guidance that applies to all Oregonians and businesses (and some sector-specific guidance) and 2) County-by-county guidance that allows a greater degree of activity ...

Updates to COVID-19 Buyer and Seller Advisories

April 15, 2020

OAR put out COVID-19 Buyer and Seller Advisories on March 25, to supplement the existing OAR Buyer and Seller Advisories.  A lot has happened since then, in particular with regard to federal, state and local eviction bans.  We’ve updated the advisories again.  In them, we suggest that sellers and buyers who are dealing with tenant ...

Oregon Should Allow Remote Online Notarization

March 26, 2020

By allowing Remote Online Notarization, Oregon can keep a critical part of the real estate purchase and refinancing infrastructure functioning while also promoting the goals of social distancing and ensuring compliance with Governor Browns “Stay Home, Save Lives” Executive Order.

Remote Online Notarization (RON) allows the consumer and notary to be ...

Governor Kate Brown Tightens Social Distancing Measures, Tells Oregonians to “Stay Home, Save Lives”

March 23, 2020

Governor Kate Brown today issued Executive Order 20-12, directing everyone in Oregon to stay at home to the maximum extent possible and adding to the list of businesses that will be temporarily closed to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. The order is effective immediately, and remains in effect ...

Update: National Flood Insurance Program and Endangered Species Act

March 12, 2020

In April 2016 the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) delivered a Biological Opinion (BiOp) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determining that the implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in Oregon encouraged development in floodplains that harmed endangered salmon and that modifications would need to be made to the Program to limit ...

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 ...