Rental Housing Code

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: On July 11, 2022, City Council passed Ordinance 20670 adopting Renter Protections Phase I. Watch the July 11, 2022 session and Review the Agenda Item Summary and Council Materials.


On August 13, 2022, Ordinance 20670  went into effect and is enforceable. However, City staff recognize that the Tenant Reference Form required by EC 8.425 (12) and the Tenant Educational Materials required by EC 8.425(13) are not yet available. There is no expectation that landlords use a City-provided Tenant Reference Form or provide the Tenant Educational Materials to tenants until those materials are made available by the City. City staff expects to have those materials completed for distribution by the end of September 2022. Once the Tenant Reference Form and Tenant Educational Materials are completed, they will be made available on the City Renter Protections Process and Rental Housing Code websites as well as through the City’s Renter Protections interested parties email list. (To be included in the Renter Protection interested parties email list, please email


The materials will include:

  • Tenant Reference Form
  • Tenant Educational Materials will include:
    • Rights and obligations of landlords and tenants related to termination of a tenancy
    • Information about the requirements of the City Rental Housing Code


In September, City staff will also make available the Move-in/Move-Out Form that landlords may choose to use to comply with additional requirements of EC 8.425. 

All Rental Properties Require Working Locks

About the Rental Housing Code

The rental housing code was created in 2005 to ensure rental properties in the city are safe by creating minimum habitability standards, and by providing resources for property owners/managers and renters.

10 Rental Housing Code Icons

The standards cover ten areas:

  • heating
  • plumbing
  • security
  • electrical
  • appliances
  • smoke detection
  • structural integrity
  • weatherproofing
  • carbon monoxide alarms
  • rats 

Mold is addressed through the weatherproofing and plumbing standards.

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Download Rental Housing Code Brochures

Rental Housing Code Brochure for Renters (English): 

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Reglamento de Alquiler de Vivienda en Eugene (Folleto en español): 

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Updates to the Rental Housing Code  

Effective February 26th, 2017, Eugene City Council adopted proposed changes to the Rental Housing Code Ordinance. The changes were based on recommendations from the Housing Policy Board. The adopted ordinance added language to the Rental Housing code to address carbon monoxide alarms, electrical systems, appliances, and rats. The approved ordinance also removed the sunset clause and added language requiring the City Manager review the Rental Housing Code program and report to City Council every three years.

The full text of the new Rental Housing Code Ordinance can be found here

Rental Housing Program Updates 

Fiscal Year 2021 Update

Fiscal Year 2020 Update

Fiscal Year 2019 Update

Fiscal Year 2018 Update

Fiscal Year 2017 Update

Program Goal

The goal of the program is to help renters and owners communicate with each other so they can resolve their issues without further city involvement or legal action. The program is complaint driven and requires written communication from the renter to the owner/manager at least 10 days before a complaint will be accepted by the City.

Costs for the program are paid by a $10 annual unit fee. The property owner or owner’s agent is responsible for paying the fee.

Property owners and owners’ agents can use this calculator to find out if they live within the distance required to be a local contact: