Fair Housing: Oregon

This page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This page is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.  

On these pages, you will find information about the protected classes in each state’s fair housing law as well as the cities and counties in the state’s three largest city or metropolitan areas that enforce additional fair housing protections. We highlight source of income protections, where applicable, that could substantially impact industry operations. Please see the footnotes. NAA also has resources on the federal fair housing protections that apply nationwide.

We are currently in the process of optimizing NAA’s Fair Housing Protected Class Resources. If you do not see a jurisdiction of interest, please reach out to the NAA Government Affairs Team at [email protected].

Information on this page is current as of March 2022.

Oregon Protected Classes

(State of Oregon Revised Statutes § 659A.421 and ORS §90.449)                                         

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Disability
  • Marital Status
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Source of Income1
  • Victim of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking

1Source of income includes federal rent subsidy payments under 42 U.S.C. 1437f and any other local, state, or federal housing assistance. It does not include income derived from a specific occupation or income derived in an illegal manner.

Eugene Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Eugene Protected Classes

(City of Eugene Municipal Code § 4.630)​

In addition to enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Source of Income2
  • ​Age
  • Domestic Partnership
  • Ethnicity

2Source of income in Eugene means how a person supports themselves and their dependents including: money and property from a profession, occupation, contract, settlement, agreement, federal or state payments, court-ordered payments, gifts, annuities, and insurance policies. This is exclusive of any income gained illegally. A property manager or owner may still inquire into and verify the source of income, to screen tenants for creditworthiness, and to refuse contract with a government agency under 42 USC 1437f(a).

Portland (OR) Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Age (if 18 and older)3
  • Gender Identity3

City of Portland Protected Classes

(City of Portland Municipal Code §23.01.060)

In addition to enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Source of Income4
  • Age
  • Gender Identity

3These classes are listed in a local fair housing source but have not been found codified in county law.

4Source of Income in Portland means how a person supports themselves and their dependents including: money and property from a profession, occupation, contract, settlement, agreement, federal or state payments, court-ordered payments, gifts, annuities, and insurance policies. This is exclusive of any income gained illegally.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

Salem Metro Area

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Gender Identity5
  • Domestic Partnership5

City of Salem Protected Classes

(City of Salem Municipal Code § 97.040)​

In addition to enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Source of Income6
  • Age
  • Domestic Partnership
  • Gender Identity

5These classes are listed in a local fair housing source, but not been found codified in county law.

6Source of Income in Salem means how a person supports themselves and their dependents including: money and property from a profession, occupation, contract, settlement, agreement, federal or state payments, court-ordered payments, gifts, annuities, and insurance policies. This is exclusive of any income gained illegally. Source of income in Salem includes federal subsidies under 42 USC 1437f(a).