House Bill 2140 - Seismic Information
As you know, Oregon sellers of real property are required to disclose certain information to buyers, including information about the title, encumbrances, lead-based hazards, and all the other things asked for in the Seller's Property Disclosure Statement and residential real estate sale agreement.
House Bill 2140 amended ORS 105.464 by requiring the addition of two questions to the existing Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement.
House Bills 2510 and 2511 - Electric Charging Stations
Once seen as a fad by industry watchers and auto executives, most would now admit that the rise of electric cars seems inevitable. There was a 5% decline in electric vehicle sales from 2014 to 2015. However, sales jumped by 37% in 2016. Final numbers for electric vehicle (EV) sales in the U.S. were recently released in January 2017 and project that electric vehicle sales will continue to increase at a 32% compounded rate for the foreseeable future.
By year-end 2016 there were about 30 different EV offerings, with total sales of 159,000 vehicles. Five different models sold at least 10,000 units in 2016 that were manufactured by Tesla, Chevrolet, Nissan, and Ford. In Oregon, electric vehicles are between two and four times the national average. Between 2010 and 2015, approximately 9,000 electric vehicles were sold in the State of Oregon. In 2013, Oregon joined with seven other states in creating a Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program to promote the growth of the electric vehicle market. Oregon also has joined with California and Washington to create the West Coast Electric Highway by installing fast-charging stations along Interstate 5.
In response to this increase in electric vehicles, the 2017 Oregon Legislature enacted two bills. House Bill 2510 deals with commercial properties, and House Bill 2511 deals with residential properties. Let's look briefly at these two bills.
Both bills allow a tenant to install and use an electric vehicle charging station. In the case of a residential tenant, it is to be on a parking spot assigned to the tenant and in the case of a commercial tenant, the charging station is to be located at or near any parking spot assigned to that tenant. The tenant is to be financially responsible for the cost of permitting, installation, maintenance, electricity use, and removal of the charging station. The landlord may prohibit the installation or use of a charging station if the premises do not have at least one parking space per rental unit and may require the tenant to submit an application before installation of the station to ensure compliance with architectural standards and other reasonable restrictions that the landlord might impose.
Charging stations must be installed by certified, licensed electricians. The tenant is also to provide renter's insurance in an amount of not less than $1 million and name the landlord on the policy if the charging station is not a certified electrical product.
Tenant installed charging stations remain the personal property of the tenant, unless a different arrangement between the tenant and landlord. Upon removal, the tenant is to restore the premises to their original condition.
House Bill 2737 - Tiny House Building Code
Perhaps one of the more interesting bills submitted and passed by the Oregon Legislature in its 2017 session is House Bill 2737, known as the Tiny House Bill.
The demand for tiny houses or micro-houses is driven by a number of factors, including the cost of building materials, efforts to reduce the use of energy and natural resources, housing density goals and homelessness. The micro-houses have difficulty meeting residential building codes as these codes were developed for traditional housing forms. The International Code Council, or ICC, has approved new micro-housing standards for inclusion in the 2018 ICC code update. The Building Codes Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services typically has a lag of one-to-three years before adjusting its codes to reflect ICC changes.
ICC code changes are not necessarily adopted automatically into the Oregon building codes, so what House Bill 2737 does is to require the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services to adopt the amendments to the specialty building codes to establish construction standards for homes that are 600 square feet or less. The code addresses such issues as ceiling height, lofts, ladders, and egress.
The codes relating to micro-houses are effective as of January 1, 2018.
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