Landlords hope Eugene tenant law dies quietly

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A Eugene program that helps tenants force landlords to fix problems in their rental properties is scheduled to expire at the end of the year, and landlords are thankful.

The program, part of the housing code adopted by the city in 2004, collects $10 for each rental unit, about $280,000 city-wide.

But the program doesn't spend nearly that much, and will have a budget surplus of $180,000 by next June, the Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/q7srpW ).

Advocates say the ordinance is needed to give renters another way to get housing defects fixed rather than having to take landlords to court, which is potentially costly and time-consuming.

But landlords argue the city only takes about 25 cases per year, making the program unnecessary.

The program is scheduled to lapse Dec. 31.