Improving Tenant Lives One Legislative Session at a Time
OSTA has been advocating for park tenants since 1977. OSTA members were instrumental in forming the Manufactured Housing Landlord-Tenant Coalition which has existed since 1997. The Coalition has, since its inception, negotiated and gotten adopted a bill amending Manufactured Housing Landlord-Tenant law in every long legislative session since then. That’s 11 consecutive legislative sessions. The secrets to our success are our thorough, detailed work, and our collaborative, consensus-building style.
The Oregon legislature likes collaboration among normally competing groups over complex and contentious issues. The Coalition was created, when the two sides – Manufactured Housing Park Landlords versus Manufactured Housing Park Residents – testified on opposite sides on a complex bill before the 1997 legislature. The committee chair, then State Senator Bill Kennemer, told the groups to go away and not come back until they had worked out an agreement. We did that, and have been doing so ever since.
The Coalition successes have included probably half of the statutes applicable to manufactured housing parks, and some applicable to marina tenancies, too.