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Bill Proposes Changes for Landlords

EUGENE, Ore. — A bill working its way through the Oregon legislature would give and take some freedoms for landlords.

If passed, landlords would be able to require tenants to purchase rental insurance. But on the other hand it would also restrict criminal background checks landlords can use when deciding if someone can live in their building.

Landlords would still be able to use drug crimes, assaults and financial crimes in the consideration, but they wouldn’t be able to use citations against homeless individuals.

While many landlords support the bill. not all do.

“There are some, a Portland landlord group that opposes the bill, but they oppose the bill just because of the prior history section of the bill,” said Shawn Miller, Oregon Rental Housing Association.

The Oregon Rental Housing Association in Eugene worked to push this bill forward.

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