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The Oregon Association of REALTORS® is involved in policy and politics to safeguard your business and help protect the American dream of homeownership. Through actively engaging in the legislative process, REALTORS® are able to protect private property rights and maintain housing affordability. The policy positions of OAR are guided by the 2019-20 Legislative Policies adopted by the Board of Directors.
The 2019 Oregon Legislative session began on January 22, 2019, and ended on June 30, 2019. With supermajorities in both the Senate and the House, it was one of the most ambitious and active legislative sessions in decades. This report tells the story of the 2019 session as it relates to the Oregon Association of REALTORS®. We hope you find it informative and that it inspires you to get involved in OAR’s government and political affairs efforts.
Additional Legislative Resources
Senate Bill 608
SB 608 ends no-cause evictions and limits annual rent increases to 7% + CPI after the first year of occupancy. It was signed by the Governor and took effect on February 28, 2019. OAR opposed the bill, but it sailed through both Chambers with no opportunity to amend and only perfunctory hearings. One of the most challenging parts of the law for REALTORS® and prospective homeowners is the requirement that a tenant be given 90 days’ notice when a home is sold to a buyer who intends to occupy as a primary residence. For your reference, please see a list of FAQ below.
House Bill 3427
It was inevitable that some large business tax increase would pass in the 2019 legislative session to fund the priorities of the Joint Committee on Student Success, which crisscrossed the state in 2018 talking with students, teachers and parents about needed investments to boost Oregon’s high school graduation rates. Legislators landed on a $1 billion per year ($2 billion per budget cycle) package that included a tax of .57% on business gross receipts over $1M, with a 35% deduction for either labor costs or cost of goods sold. The package also included minor reductions in personal income taxes. Facing the reality that a new business tax would pass, OAR worked with key legislators to ensure that only the value of commissions (not value of home sales) would be taxed and that REALTOR® commissions would only be taxed at the REALTOR® level rather than at the brokerage level or at both levels. As a result, the tax will only apply to REALTORS® who have more than $1M in commissions and to brokerages that have more than $1M in revenues after distributing broker commissions. For your reference, please see Fact Sheet below.
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For more information on Oregon Association of REALTORS® legislation issues contact Jeremy Rogers at email@example.com