Oregon Law Requires Cooling, but Could Leave Many Renters Out

A state bill requiring landlords to allow tenants to install portable air conditioners comes with a raft of exemptions that could restrict the most affordable options.

1 minute read

July 27, 2022, 10:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

Window air conditioner units on a brick building

James Andrews1 / Window air conditioners

A new Oregon law, Senate Bill 1536, offers some relief to renters seeking to install portable air conditioning units in their apartments. According to a report by Connor McCarthy for KPTV, the bill “requires landlords and property management companies to allow their tenants to have portable air conditioning units in their apartment units.” The bill is a response to the deadly heat wave that swept the Northwest last June, when roughly 100 Oregon residents died from heat-related causes. Most of the victims lived in non-air conditioned housing, the article notes.

The bill offers a range of reasons why landlords can restrict the installation of units, however. These include building code violations, damage to the window or building, or excessive amperage. “Landlords can also ask their tenants to remove their air conditioning units between Oct. 1 and April 30.”

The could prove an obstacle for many residents of older buildings. According to a separate article by Pat Dooris for KGW8, the bill’s exceptions make it “nearly impossible” to install window units, which are hugely popular and affordable, costing at $100 less than the least expensive rolling floor unit.

Monday, July 25, 2022 in KPTV

Large blank mall building with only two cars in large parking lot.

Pennsylvania Mall Conversion Bill Passes House

If passed, the bill would promote the adaptive reuse of defunct commercial buildings.

April 18, 2024 - Central Penn Business Journal

Rendering of wildlife crossing over 101 freeway in Los Angeles County.

World's Largest Wildlife Overpass In the Works in Los Angeles County

Caltrans will soon close half of the 101 Freeway in order to continue construction of the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing near Agoura Hills in Los Angeles County.

April 15, 2024 - LAist

Workers putting down asphalt on road.

U.S. Supreme Court: California's Impact Fees May Violate Takings Clause

A California property owner took El Dorado County to state court after paying a traffic impact fee he felt was exorbitant. He lost in trial court, appellate court, and the California Supreme Court denied review. Then the U.S. Supreme Court acted.

April 18, 2024 - Los Angeles Times

Wind turbines and solar panels against a backdrop of mountains in the Mojave Desert near Palm Springs, California

California Grid Runs on 100% Renewable Energy for Over 9 Hours

The state’s energy grid was entirely powered by clean energy for some portion of the day on 37 out of the last 45 days.

7 hours ago - Fast Company

Close-up of hand holding up wooden thermometer in front of blurred street

New Forecasting Tool Aims to Reduce Heat-Related Deaths

Two federal agencies launched a new, easy-to-use, color-coded heat warning system that combines meteorological and medical risk factors.

April 24 - Associated Press via Portland Press Herald

View of Dallas city skyline with moderately busy freeway in foreground at twilight.

AI Traffic Management Comes to Dallas-Fort Worth

Several Texas cities are using an AI-powered platform called NoTraffic to help manage traffic signals to increase safety and improve traffic flow.

April 24 - Dallas Morning News

News from HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Call for Speakers

Mpact Transit + Community

New Updates on PD&R Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.