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.


Advocacy encompasses the actions one takes in order to effect change for a cause they are invested in.

Is There An Issue That is Important to You?

Are you experiencing issues at your park or marina that aren’t addressed by the law?

Or, perhaps, you are not satisfied with the current laws?

Check out our current campaigns to see if we are covering a topic that interests you and get involved with us!

Contribute to Legislative Change

The Landlord-Tenant Colation meets monthly to discuss issues faced by park and marina tenants and landlords and what legislative solutions we can draft to resolve our issues together.

Come listen in or share your experience.

We meet in either Tigard or Salem. Check out our Events Calendar to see when and where we meet next!

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, The Coalition meetings have been postponed until the fall.

OSTA Fights for YOU

Since 1977, OSTA has been fighting to positively impact park and maria tenants’ lives.

Nearly every right and protection that we have that is above and beyond apartment tenant rights was fought for and won by OSTA members.

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” – Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

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