Contractor license not required for qualified property managers
Oregon law permits real estate property managers – and their
employees – to work on buildings without a construction contractor’s
Property managers are brokers and principal brokers as well as property managers managing rental real estate.
To qualify, the property manager must:
- Be licensed by the Oregon Real Estate Agency.
- Manage rental real estate.
- Manage the particular building under a property management
The exemption does not eliminate the need for licensed
tradespersons or a lead-based paint renovator’s certification.
Electrical work that requires a licensed electrician and an
electrical permit includes, but is not limited to, installing (or repairing):
- Electrical outlets.
- Lighting fixtures.
Plumbing work that requires a licensed plumber and a
plumbing permit includes, but is not limited to, installing (or repairing):
- Plumbing fixtures (toilets, sinks, showers, tubs or
- Water heaters.
If a property manager renovates homes or child-occupied
facilities built before 1978, the property manager must:
- Have one or more employees who complete a renovation, repair
and painting training class offered by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) or the
- Obtain a renovation firm certification from the OHA (cost
- Renew the OHA certification every five years.