2016 MHCO Annual Conference

The 2016 MHCO Conference will be held at the Valley River Inn located right on the Willamette River in Eugene. Reserve your hotel room today. Call 541-743-1000, send a fax to 541-344-1970, or click here to book online.

Management Ideas to Help You Refocus Your Manufactured Housing Community

Manufactured Housing Community of Oregon's (MHCO) 2016 Annual Conference is scheduled for October 24-25 in Eugene at the Valley River Inn. It is the largest conference for manufactured home community owners in the Pacific Northwest.

This year's conference will showcase over 15 expert speakers discussing a wide variety of topics impacting your manufactured home community. The MHCO Annual Conference is a "can't miss" opportunity for any community owner.

Conference Agenda

Monday, October 24, 2016

Registration & Technical Assistance with MHCO Website

7:30-4:30 | Willamette Foyer

Breakfast Buffet

7:30-9:00 | Willamette Foyer

Exhibitors Available

7:30-5:00 | Willamette Foyer

2016 Changes - HUD Changes on Background Checks and Section 8 Housing - Your Rights as Landlords

9:00-10:00 | Willamette East

Phil Querin - Attorney - Querin Law and MHCO Legal Counsel

There have been significant changes to the application process regarding crminal background. There have also been many more "Section 8" housing requets. What are your rights and responsibilities for community owners and managers. The potential liability for taking the wrong action in either situation is significant. Know your rights!

Break

10:00-10:15

MHC Math: How 1 + 1 = 29

10:15-11:30 | Willamette East

Andy Carey - President - Storz Management

Mark Winer - CFO - Storz Management

Zach Koucos - Director - Holliday Fenoglio Fowler

Community owners, managers and other stakeholders will benefit from this MHC economics refresher. We will review the components of valuation as well as discuss how every member of the team can contribute substantially to the increasing value of our communities. We will apply the lessons of institutional-grade real estate perspective to understand in simple English how our communities can operate like efficiently- and collaboratively-run real estate assets without losing that important neighborhood feel.

Break

11:30-11:45

Lunch & MHCO Membership Meeting

11:45-1:00 | Willamette West

Break

1:00-1:15

Seminar A: How to Fire an Employee and Not Get Sued

1:15-2:15 | Willamette East

Dave Riewald - Attorney - Bullard Law

Seminar B: From Pot to Pimps: Keeping Crime Out Of Your Park

1:15-2:15 | Mid-Willamette

Jeffrey S. Bennett - Attorney - Warren Allen LLP

Overview of landlord rights in keeping crime out of your community. In depth discussion of rules and regulations and eviction notices - 24 hour notice, 30 day notice and 20 day notice.

Break

2:15-2:30

Seminar A: Rental Property Safety - Interacting with Your Police Department

2:30-3:30 | Willamette East

Lane County Sheriff

In depth discussion on how to keep your community safe and strategies for interacting with your local public safety agencies as well as the resources available.

Seminar B: Conflict Resolution and Dealing with Difficult Resident Situations

2:30-3:30 | Mid-Willamette

Tom Pettit and Christy Mays, Commonwealth Real Estate Services

Do you have resident encounters relating to lease or rule enforcement which are necessary but too often stressful and unpleasant? Are you occasionally perplexed on how to handle tough situation or do you or some of your residents have a tendency to get emotionally charged making it challenging to keep a cool head and reach a positive resolution? If so, please join us for some examples and tips to practice in avoiding some of the pitfalls inherent in property management.

Break

3:30-3:45

Seminar A: Government Collaboration - DEQ etc.

3:45-4:45 | Willamette East

Michael Mills

Seminar B: Recreation Vehicle Issues - Do's and Don't and How To...

3:45-4:45 | Mid-Willamette

Mark L. Busch - Attorney

Reception

6:00-7:00 | Willamette Foyer

Dinner

7:00-9:00 | Willamette Ballroom

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Registration & Technical Assistance with MHCO Website

7:30-4:30 | Willamette Foyer

Exhibitors Available

7:30-5:00 | Willamette Foyer

Healthy Start Breakfast

7:30-9:00 | Willamette Foyer

Seminar A: Landlord - Landlord-Tenant Law Overview

8:00-9:30 | Willamette East

Mark L. Busch - Attorney

Review of Oregon statutes pertaining to landlord-tenant law (ORS Chapter 90). This seminar will meet the requirements of Oregon mandated management training.

Seminar B: Good Management Practices

8:00-9:30 | Willamette West

Scott and Erik Hess, Sterling Properties, LLC

Learning how your management system impacts productivity and how to improve efficiency and effectiveness with common sense. How to addresss reality vs. the unknown.

Break

9:30-9:45

Seminar A: Landlord Tenant Basics Continue

9:45-11:15 | Willamette East

Mark L. Busch - Attorney

Seminar B: Landlord-Tenant Law Legal Round Table

9:45-11:15 | Mid-Willamette

Phil Querin - Attorney - Querin Law and MHCO Legal Counsel

Bill Miner - Partner In-charge - Davis, Wright, Tremaine

Round table discussion of current legal issues faces landlords and managers in manufactured home communities. Please note: Landlord Tenant Legal Round Table (participants need to have attended at least one landlord-tenant seminar in the past and have familiarity with landlord - tenant law. Seating will be limited.

Break

11:15-11:30

Seminar A: Applications, Screening and Statement of Policy

11:30-12:30 | Willamette East

Sally Harrington

Seminar B: Fair Housing Seminar

11:30-12:30 | Mid-Willamette

Bill Miner - Partner In-charge - Davis, Wright, Tremaine

Program Speakers

Jeffrey S. Bennett

Partner - Warren Allen LLP

Jeffrey S. Bennett is a partner in the Portland law firm of Warren Allen LLP. A member of the Oregon and Washington state bars, Mr. Bennett is the head of his firm's Landlord law department and has specialized in both residential and commercial Landlord/Tenant law for the past two decades. His articles have appeared in The Business Journal, Apartments Northwest, and in other media, and Mr. Bennett is a frequent lecturer at regional Landlord/Tenant seminars. Mr. Bennett is an active member of the Manufactured Housing Communities of Oregon, Multifamily NW, Rental Housing Association of Greater Portland, and the National Association of Residential Property Managers.

Mr. Bennett represents many of the largest regional and national property management companies and ownership groups doing business in Oregon and Washington all the way down to owners of single family residential homes and small office complexes. The remainder of Mr. Bennett's practice emphasizes business law, real estate, commercial litigation, and a variety of general civil matters. Outside of his law practice, Mr. Bennett is also a landlord, has been on the Board of Directors for both the East Portland and Gresham Area Chambers of Commerce, is an avid fisherman and musician, and is an author of numerous books on whitewater rafting and kayaking.

Mark L. Busch

Attorney - Mark L. Busch, P.C.

Mark Busch has made his career providing top quality legal representation for landlord-owners as they navigate the complicated waters of landlord-tenant law. Mark personally handles each case in order to ensure that you receive the personal benefit of his years of extensive experience in the field while always working to keep your costs to a minimum.

Mark Busch completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Idaho. He completed his jurisprudence studies at the Willamette College of Law in Salem, Oregon. Mark was admitted to the Oregon Bar in 1991. He also successfully passed the California bar exam and was admitted there in 2013.

Mark has continued to refine his skills in landlord-tenant relations and has established himself as one of the premier and most effective landlord-tenant attorneys in Oregon. Mark opened his own practice in 2000 after spending eight years honing his craft in a Portland-based law firm. Since then, he has made it his mission to focus exclusively on the complicated field of landlord-tenant relations and specifically turned his attention to protecting landlord rights.

Whether in mediation, arbitration hearings, or actual trials, Mark has expertly represented countless landlords from start to finish with their cases. From the filing of initial eviction notices to an actual trial, appeal, or committee hearing before the Oregon Legislature, Mr. Busch is there to ensure that your rights as a landlord and property owner are upheld.

On commercial property issues, Mark represents both landlords and tenants. He regularly negotiates and drafts commercial leases, handles commercial eviction cases, and provides advice on any number of commercial leasing issues. His caseload includes industrial, office, and small business leasing issues.

Mr. Bennett represents many of the largest regional and national property management companies and ownership groups doing business in Oregon and Washington all the way down to owners of single family residential homes and small office complexes. The remainder of Mr. Bennett's practice emphasizes business law, real estate, commercial litigation, and a variety of general civil matters. Outside of his law practice, Mr. Bennett is also a landlord, has been on the Board of Directors for both the East Portland and Gresham Area Chambers of Commerce, is an avid fisherman and musician, and is an author of numerous books on whitewater rafting and kayaking.

William D. Miner

Attorney - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Bill Miner focuses his practice on assisting his clients in litigating at the trial court level of state and federal courts and private arbitration. Bill handles a broad range of litigation matters including contract disputes, construction lien disputes, collection of debts, residential and commercial real estate disputes, title/boundary disputes and disputes relating to wills and trusts. Mr. Miner is accomplished in real estate litigation including quiet title actions, timber trespass, commercial tenancy disputes (representing both commercial landlords and tenants), residential tenancy disputes involving manufactured home communities and floating home communities (only representing landlords) and trust litigation, including breach of trust, removal of trustees and Will contests. Mr. Miner also advises businesses and individuals on real property matters including landlord-tenant issues, titles, boundaries and real estate transactions.

Phil Querin

Querin Law LLC

Phillip C. Querin has practiced real estate law since 1972 and manufactured housing law since 1985. Currently, he has a solo practice, Querin Law LLC, with offices in Portland and Bend, Oregon. He previously was a partner at the international law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine for 25 years, where his practice consisted primarily of real estate litigation and transactional matters. During 15 of the years with Davis Wright Tremaine, Mr. Querin co-chaired the firm-wide Real Estate Litigation Practice Group and was chair of the Real Estate Practice Group for the Portland office.

Mr. Querin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oregon, and went on to graduate from the University's School of Law. He has authored and co-authored real estate chapters in the Oregon State Bar's Continuing Education Publications ("CLE"), as well as chapters for private continuing education publishers. He is a member of the Oregon Bar's Real Estate and Land Use Section, its Litigation Section, and it's Debtor-Creditor Section. He is also a member of the American Bar Association as well as its Real Estate and Litigation Committees.

Mr. Querin is intimately involved with the Oregon manufactured housing industry, having served nearly 16 years as legal counsel for MHCO, where he is responsible for drafting its landlord-tenant forms and representing its interests on all legal matters. Phil currently represents many manufactured housing communities, advising and assisting them on legal and compliance issues. He also drafts legislation for MHCO during the legislative sessions. Mr. Querin also represents the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors® and Oregon Real Estate Forms, LLC, the statewide forms provider for Realtors® throughout the state.

Dave Riewald

Attorney - Bullard Law

Dave Riewald has always been intrigued by the way people interact in the workplace. As the son of an industrial psychologist, Dave grew up hearing stories, good and bad, about the employees of his father's clients. While attending law school, Dave realized that he could positively impact problems in the workplace by entering the world of labor and employment law.

For over 30 years Dave has specialized in labor and employment law. His practice focuses on advising employers and management personnel on how to avoid employment lawsuits, and on defending them in court if they do become caught up in those lawsuits. His clients rely on him to provide them with sound advice to prevent issues before they become bigger problems. When clients are faced with lawsuits, Dave has a strong track record of successfully helping them achieve favorable outcomes.

Dave is the immediate past President of Worklaw® Network, an international network of independent law firms with over 350 attorneys that limit their practice to management-side labor and employment law. He also has served as an adjunct professor of employment discrimination law at Willamette University's School of Law. Currently Dave serves on the Leadership Council for the Oregon Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.

When he is not practicing law he is serving in the community; Dave is a panel member for a local Youth Diversion Program that seeks to prevent youth from becoming repeat criminal offenders. He also is active with a food bank known as Birch Community Services, with his church, and with his children's sports teams and he was for many years the president of the Wilsonville Basketball Association. For fun Dave enjoys working out at the gym, trying to fix the things that constantly break around his house, and helping things grow in his yard.

Dave has been with Bullard Law since 1987, and currently serves on its management committee.