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Elevated Review Rent Increase Request Path

OHCS's Rent Increase Requests Policy establishes four paths for rent increase requests. The Streamlined Rent Increase Path is described below.

The Elevated Review Rent Increase Request Path is for rent increase requests seeking an increase on all tenants above 5% and up to 7% + CPI, OHCS will require an elevated review process. Owners will be able to implement this rent increase as soon as they receive approval from OHCS (consistent with the State of Oregon notice requirements). In no case will OHCS approve a rent increase that exceeds maximum allowable programmatic rents.

Path Details

An Elevated Review Rent Path Increase is defined as:
  • Any rent increase greater than five percent and equal to or less than 7% plus the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for current residents.
​NOTE: Bifurcation is still available under this criteria but a request becomes elevated when the request increases current resident rental rates above 5%.

Approved rents will not exceed program rent limit maximums.
Elevated review rent increase requests are more risk adverse than previously covered rental increase requests. Because of the risk posed to both the tenant (for obvious affordability reasons) and the property (risking an inability to lease units) additional review measures are warranted. Specific information related to operational needs, replacement reserves, capital plans, resident impact, etc. and specific to the property needs justifying the request, may be required with the submittal. 

Under the Elevated Review Rent Increase Path Assessment Path Criteria, OHCS will do an assessment that may include, but is not limited to, the following to determine the need for the requested rent increase:
  • ​A review of current rents and utility allowance, subsidy information and household income.
  • A comparison of the request to the maximum allowable programmatic rent.
  • Property’s vacancy history. OHCS will place particular weight on those properties with occupancy rates lower than 90% and properties with extended vacancies (units vacant for longer than 90 days).
  • Property needs including, but not limited to, capital repair needs, maintenance, services, and staffing
  • Reasonableness to area market comparable rents
  • Assessment of resources including replacement reserve
  • Unresolved compliance issues determined by OHCS to be of a severe nature. Examples include but are not limited to:
    • ​unapproved rent increases
    • unresolved health and safety issues - as outlined in your most recent compliance audit
    • unresponsiveness to reporting requirements such as a history of not reporting timely or unaddressed compliance issues
    • Rent burden of current residents.

​OHCS requires the following documentation to be submitted with the Elevated Review Rent Increase Path Submittal:

  • Current Rent Roll
  • 12-Month Occupancy Report
  • Utility Allowance Documentation
  • Audited Financials
  • Replacement Reserve Analysis
  • Capital Needs Information
    • third party reports
    • capital needs assessment, if applicable
    • updated replacement schedule
  • ​Other Health/Safety Documentation
  • Other Staffing Needs, cost documentation
Due to the risk associated with increases of this nature, all Elevated Review Rent Increase Requests will go through an internal approval process involving a recommendation from the OHCS Housing Finance Committee and approval from the Executive Director.

In determining staff recommendations and determinations of partner requests, some of the general standards that would indicate property or portfolio need or would be looked upon favorably when determining a rent increase request include, but are not limited to:
  • ​Analysis of cash flow trends; cash flow before obligations.
  • Clear explanation and documented need for additional resources
  • Limited impact to existing residents. Specifically, OHCS tracks the percentage of families that are considered severely rent burdened (over 50% of income toward housing costs). Projects with a high percentage of families severely rent burdened are more likely to displace residents with large rental increases.
  • Clear demonstration of capital needs and a subsequent explanation of how rental increase will be utilized to resolve those capital needs.
  • Projects that have maintained an occupancy rate of 97% or higher for over 12 months or projects that can clearly articulate why a rental increase would have limited impact on vacancy rates (example: the rental increase corresponds with capital investments in the property).
​Rent increase requests utilizing a portfolio approach should provide a clear explanation of the portfolio plan and the significance associated with the rental increase request(s) in that plan.

All effort will be given to provide a response within 60 days of the submittal receipt but additional time may be necessary. Timing will also be influenced by the response time to any additional information requests by OHCS, though OHCS will endeavor to keep additional informational requests as limited as possible. OHCS expects a five business day turnaround on informational requests, if additional information is required. If additional time is needed to gather information, OHCS expects this to be communicated and negotiated. 

Owners wishing to request an increase meeting for the Elavated Review Rent Increase path must submit the appropriate rent request form and any required supplemental information to​.​
Return to OHCS Rent Increase Requests Policy webpage here.
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