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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: My neighbor has trees/ bushes growing into our yard and knocking down the fence between us. Can I do anything about it?

I've asked him to trim them he said No, but I can trim what grows onto my property. I have to pay a landscaping company, how is this fair?

The fence is in terrible condition because of his overgrowth, replacing the fence will cost me thousands and the problem will still persist. What... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on May 20, 2022

There are a lot of facts that could change the answer to your question such as if the fence is on your property or your neighbors, do you and your neighbor have an easement agreement, and/or your properties apart of an HOA committee. You should contact a local real estate firm to discuss your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Oregon on
Q: How can I stop a 6 months contract with CINC platform to get real estate leads? The leads are not the quality promised

I singed up with CINC 4 month ago half a year contract for getting realtor leads. They said that the leads are great quality, but that's not my experience. I paid tons of money for bad leads and contacted them to end my service. They said I need to pay for the next 2 months even if I... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on May 11, 2022

If you have not contacted a local contracts attorney, you can get a consultation with one to have them read your contract and determine if you have any options. You can also contact a local consumer attorney to discuss potential options, but without seeing your contract, the answer is generally... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Oregon on
Q: Kia dealership sent reimbursement now want it back

Their fault this happened but they want $2223 back from me do I own this money

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on May 11, 2022

Unfortunately, there are not enough facts to answer any question you could or may have based on this post. Additionally, with no question posed, no attorney will be able to help assess your claims and/ or options.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Can I take my parents to small claims courts for kicking me out with no notice, changing locks?

My parents invited me to live w them. I lived upstairs, it was explicitly stated that it was to be my home and area only. We had no disagreements for a year I am a good roommate and tenant. Because of a very minor first disagreement they changed the locks when I left for 2 days, kicked me out over... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Apr 26, 2022

Without additional information about the lease agreement you had with your parents, landlords, the incident, and other information, it is hard to know if you have a claim against your landlords. Assuming you have a lease agreement, you pay rent every month, then yes you would have a claim against... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I received a 10 day pet violation from my landlord. I am being told I have to get rid of my dog or be evicted.

He is an ESA animal can they make me move or get rid of him?

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Apr 20, 2022

If your lease does not allow for pets then your landlord has a right to serve you with a notice of termination for the violation. However, if your animal is an emotional support animal ("ESA"), you need to show your landlord your note from your doctor proving your animal is an ESA, which... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I have been mailed a '90-day Termination for cause qualifying owner reason' notice. We were renting month-to-month.

The owner has stated they want to move back into the property. We have spent 19 months in the property, the last 7 months at an increased rate of rent. Do I still have give a 30 day notice or a shorter time notice of intent to vacate? What are my rights as a tenant if the property owner does not... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Apr 18, 2022

Under Oregon law if your landlord as properly served you with a 90 day notice including 3 days for mailing for the reason of moving back into their residence, they do not have another place for your to move to, and you have a month to month residency of which you have been there longer than a year,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Can I add a $25 a month yard care fee to the maximum 9.9% rent increase on property in Coquille, OR.

While lease requires tenant to maintain yard, she doesn't/ can't seem to do it

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Apr 7, 2022

If your tenant's lease requires that they maintain the yard, you can serve your tenant a notice to cure the violation of their lease agreement and if they do not cure the violation by the stated deadline within the notice you can terminate their lease agreement. You should consult a landlord... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: In Oregon, am I required to tell my property management that I am pregnant?

I am already a tenant and have lived in this house for 2.5 years, each time on a 1 year lease. I don't want to risk losing this place, but also am unsure if it is something I must contact them about.

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Apr 5, 2022

When your child is born you would need to update your lease agreement to add the new occupant of rental property. So you would need to tell your landlord then. If you are worried about your landlord terminating your lease agreement or not renewing your lease agreement because you are having another... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Landlord - Tenant and Libel & Slander for Oregon on
Q: Can landlords ask you what your disabilities are when you ask for a reasonable accommodation for more time to move out?

I asked my current landlord for a reasonable accommodation for more time to move out based on my disabling conditions. When he replied via email he said “Could you please clarify : What is the nature of your disability? To be clear, (we) are not questioning your assertion that you are disabled... Read more »

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Katherine Goodman answered on Apr 5, 2022

You did not state whether or not when you asked for additional time if you gave your landlord a letter from doctor along with your request for reasonable accommodation. If you did not, you should contact your doctor for a letter to give to your landlord. If you did give a letter to your landlord,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: What proof is needed when issuing a landlord cause eviction for moving a family member in or renovating?

I rent out a couple bedrooms in my home in Washington County, OR to a tenant that I need to evict. It’s a small house. We share the kitchen, bedroom, living room, and garage. We have a verbal contract. He has lived with me for several years. His behavior towards me became abusive over the covid... Read more »

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Katherine Goodman answered on Mar 31, 2022

To properly terminate a tenancy, you would have a serve a notice to your tenant, but there a lot variables which need to be determined before the notice is served. To make sure that you have served the proper notice in the proper manner you should consult a landlord tenant attorney before doing so.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Hello, OR rental law: I have rented a room for over a year now, is a 60-90 day WRITTEN notice required?

My landlord has only given me 30-days in words, not written.

We do not have a rental contract is the law the same with or without one?

OR means Oregon.

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Mar 29, 2022

Without additional information such as when you moved into your unit, what type of lease agreement you have, why your landlord is looking to terminate your lease agreement, what city your live in, and potentially other facts, at this time your question cannot be answered because there are too many... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: My wife and I rented a condo. Construction next door knocked out a pipe and the entire complex had no water for 52 days.

It was during the holidays and we were forced to put a hotel on and meals on our credit card. Recently the insurance company agreed to pay for all but 20 dollars a day for our meal expenses. The entire situation really put us in a bad spot and now the insurance company for the construction company... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Mar 29, 2022

If you have not contacted your landlord about reimbursement of the unpaid bills you can contact them as the landlord's insurance should pay for those as well. Additionally, as you are a renter you can contact a local landlord tenant attorney for advice on how to handle the request for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I am a landlord and want to replace plumbing in a rental house. Water will be out during work. How much notice...

I rent a house I own and need to replace all plumbing in the rental. During work, which could take a couple days, there will be no water in the house. What are my obligations to my tenants in this situation? Am I able to do this while they are living there? If I am, how much notice am I required to... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Mar 11, 2022

Generally, as a landlord you need to give at least 24 hour written notice to enter the property to your tenants and if the water is going to be out for several days you should give them a hotel room or a comparable place with working water to stay until the work is complete. You should consult with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: My condo is invested with roof rats. HOA is dragging their feet getting it taking care of. It's been a month. Plz advise

Meant to say infested

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Mar 9, 2022

It sound like you may have a claim against your landlord and HOA, if you have not reached out to a local landlord-tenant attorney you should do so as soon as possible. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Can I send out a 90 day for cause Owner qualifying reason? and NOT pay the tenant for having to move?

I own a duplex with my brother in law he lives in his side of the duplex and I rented it out but now I am wanting to move into my side of the duplex. Do i have to pay the tenant since I am asking them to move out? or am I in the clear since it is the only property I own? Also what do I need to... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Mar 9, 2022

Without additional information including when your tenant moved in, when the lease is set to expire, and what city the rental property is located in, I cannot answer your question. If the property is located in the city of Portland, the answer is generally yes, but there are a lot of factors that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: mom was visiting in PDX with her dog & openedcar door as we got home to let the dog in and he scared a runner and fell

our dog scared the runner and he tripped and fell on the sidewalk, he now wants our insurance information to cover costs.

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Feb 7, 2022

If you have not contacted your homeowner's insurance, contact your insurance company and allow them to speak with the person who was injured. This is one of the situations of why you pay for homeowner's insurance.

Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: If I have been given a notice of restitution after an eviction, can I have the eviction expunged under current laws?

I read that I can have my eviction expunged before 3/1/22 if all monies owed has been paid. Is this still true after receiving a notice of restitution? I'm trying to find out what I can do, and hopefully find another rental sooner than 5 years after the eviction.

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Feb 4, 2022

Potentially you can have your eviction judgment removed from your record under the current landlord tenant laws. But without additional information related to the circumstances of the notice of restitution that could change. If you have not spoken with a landlord tenant attorney you should speak... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Can a landlord raise rent in September 2021 and then again in May 2022?

My landlord raised my rent in September 2021 and today I received a notice that my rent is going up again in May 2022. It seems this is 2 rent increases in less then 12 months. I have lived here for almost 5 years. Is this legal? I have a month to month and I had a notice on my door, and slipped... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Feb 3, 2022

If you have a fixed term or a month to month the answer is generally no. If you have a week to week lease the answer could be yes. But without seeing the notice, knowing what type of lease you have and knowing how you were served with the notices it is hard to answer your question. I would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: My Oregon landlord is selling our rental and provided a 90 day notice to vacate which is fine, however he wants to come

To make changes but we have a small infant and a person with compromised immune system so we are concerned about Covid and want him to wait until we vacate to have electricians plumber and general repair people, is it possible to ask that he wait?

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Feb 1, 2022

Your landlord is allowed to have access to the property as long as he gives you 24 hour written notice of their intent to entry the property during reasonable hours. You can schedule a time of which you and your family are not at the property at the time of the appointment or you can request that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I forgot to pay my rent (about $1450) I was charged a one time fee of $200 In oregon is this "reasonable"?
Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Jan 28, 2022

Generally, pursuant to ORS 90.260 your landlord is allowed to charge you a late fee as long as you have a written lease agreement that states the reasonable amount you will be charged, that you have obligation to pay a late charge on delinquent rent payments, the type and amount of the late... Read more »

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