Rental Housing Code

City of Eugene from above with text overlay: City of Eugene Rental Housing Code

Renter Protections Update:

  • On August 25, 2023, the Phase II Renter Protections in Ordinance 20694 became effective and enforceable.
  • The administrative rules for the Ordinance are being completed and a notice will be published in The Register Guard and sent to the interested parties list when they are posted for public review and comment. 
  • The Renter Protections Code requires that landlords report Relocation Assistance Exemptions, Relocation Assistance Payments and Terminations of Tenancy/Evictions.  The City has provided forms  below that landlords may use (see links below) to make the reports required by the Renter Protections Code.  The City will also accept reports that do not utilize the forms provided by the City as long as they include all the information required by the Renter Protections Code.
  • IMPORTANT TIP: Before you begin filling out the online forms, create an online account and sign in. This will allow you to save your progress and review your submitted forms. 
  • Tenant Education Information is updated with Phase II Renter Protections and available for download. Landlords are required by EC 8.425 (13) to distribute this information with any written rental agreements. 
  • Find more information about the Renter Protections Process, including Phase II on this webpage:
  • To be included in the Renter Protections interested parties email list, please email

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.

Have a question?

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Prior 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 $20 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: