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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Yesterday, I received a notice terminating my month to month lease without cause. I understand that landlords can do

this within a year, however, this is being done in retaliation, which I know is not legal and the landlord would have to pay two months of rent if I were to prevail. The landlord is retaliating against the many maintenance requests I have had to file since moving in on August 1, and an arbitrary... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Sep 2, 2022

If you have not spoken with a landlord tenant attorney you should. If your landlord has filed a complaint against you in court to obtain possession of the rental property, you can make a counterclaims and affirmative defenses against your landlord for retaliation and failure to maintain the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Went m2m after 10 years w a lease because buying first home. Landlord wants a 6 month lease In winter or 200 increase

Lived with a lease in rental 10 years. Finally going to be able to buy property so I wanted to go month to month so I can move out when ready. Was told that would b fine but after october I'd need to sign a 6 month lease to keep rent the same amount or I would have to pay an additional 200... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Sep 1, 2022

If you are asking if a landlord can increase your rent, the answer is yes once every 12 months. Some landlords will have month to month rates higher than fixed term lease amounts. This is normal.

However, if you are asking if the amount of the increase is improper, it is important to know...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I have a renal agency coming after me for money and it has been 2 years and 2 months since I moved out, is this legal?

Apartment in Portland, Oregon. I read OR 12.125 and wondered if this applies to my situation.

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Sep 1, 2022

Short answer is maybe, because without more facts it is difficult to answer your question. It would be important what your former landlord is alleging that you owe them, if you were evicted from the property and a judgment was entered against you which creates a lien, if an accounting statement was... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I was not given a copy of lease I signed for this Apt, I asked for copy and copy had changes that were not on lease when

I signed. Crossed out and written in by hand. Is this legal?

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Aug 30, 2022

Generally, contracts/ leases are not modified unless both parties agree, consent, to the modifications. However, without seeing the lease agreement and without more facts a local landlord tenant attorney would be unable to answer your question. If you have not reached out to a local landlord tenant... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Does an apartment not providing timely repairs and not fully helping with noise issues let us break our lease?

At the apartment I am currently living in, in Oregon I am having issues with the apartment complex fixing issues in our apartment in a timely manner. For example, we put a maintenance request in June and they still not been completed. We also have been having noise issues with our Neighbors since... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Aug 18, 2022

Under Oregon Law your landlord has to complete repairs within a reasonable timeframe. If you have not followed up on your repair request that you made in June, you should do that. If you have spoken with your landlord about requesting a similar unit to what you are renting now in a different part... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Landlord just sent me 10 day termination for non payment but i dont owe anything and heres why.

I am on section 8 and can prove that i dont pay any rent. All i am required to pay is $100 for w/s/g and yet my landlord has charged me close to 10 thousand since march. Which has been paid and i was at a 0 balance and now i should only owe 100 dollars for august. But they are trying to evict me... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Aug 11, 2022

Under Oregon Law your landlord is required to reasonably work to repair your unit. Without more facts no attorney would be able to tell you if your landlord has not been reasonable. If you have not reached out to landlord respectfully in writing to request and reschedule the exterminator and repair... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Elder Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Is ot legal to have broken windows that are boarded up an not fixed for over a month and it's 100 degrees outside?

A tenant living in a 4 plex is rubbing his own feces all over this building he has assaulted tenant's broken out almost all windows in 2 units including his own the property management has been contacted all they have done is board up all windows over the feces and has left it like this for at... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Aug 1, 2022

I would also recommend that if you have not done so to tell your landlord in writing about the issues with the tenant. You can contact a local landlord tenant attorney to discuss if your right to quiet enjoyment as been violated as you may have a claim for money damages against your landlord.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I reported a hornets nest right outside my bdrm window. How long do I have to wait for an answer from my landlord?

It is a new nest of hornets & they look pretty angry, as it is very hot where I live in Gresham, OR. Both my Sister & myself (we live together in an apartment complex on the 4th floor). I noticed this hornets nest outside my bdrm window on Tues, July 26, 2022. We have both emailed the... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Jul 29, 2022

Under Oregon law your landlord has to respond within a reasonable timeframe. If you have not followed up with them and notified them that you are highly allergic, I would recommend that you do. Most apartment complexes have an emergency maintenance line that you can call. If you have not called... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Does Portland ordinance for tenants supersede my short term guess agreement with my tenants

I have a condo in SE and let in two people just prior to Covid with a short term guess agreement so we can see whether the relationship as tenants will work out. They are tending to the condo, but as of 4 months one of them has not paid rent as she is looking for work and financial support.... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Jul 22, 2022

Short answer is no, you would most likely have to pay relocation fees and if you are terminating the month to month lease agreement and assuming that it has been more than 1 year they have been renting the property from you, you would have to give them a reason for termination of the tenancy. If... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Can my landlord enter my apartment to do an inspection if I test positive for COVID-19?
Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Jul 18, 2022

Generally, as long as your landlord has given you a written 24 hour notice to inspect the property, yes they can enter. However, you can decline as long as you are reasonable. You cannot completely deny them accessible and your landlord cannot harrass you or request to inspect the premises at... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: Does a real estate attorney cover everything pertaining to the sale of a home?

Would this cover all the paperwork needed to sell the house?

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Jul 13, 2022

Not all real estate attorneys practice every facet of real estate law. You will need to contact the attorney to find out if they can assist you with the area of law you need help with.

good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Do tenants have right to cure in Oregon with 30 days notice?
Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Jul 12, 2022

It depends on the violation of the lease agreement. Under Oregon Law certain violations allow the tenant 14 days to cure the violation and if the violation is not cured by the deadline stated within the Notice to Cure, the tenant's tenancy will be terminated within 30 days of the notice being... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Landlord - Tenant and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: Who is responsible 4 damage caused by third party installation company (water damage/asbestos disruption in a rental)?

Washer/dryer, delivery/installation were purchased directly from a big box store (BBS). BBS hired a third party for D/I. Install done incorrectly, water flowed from washer during first cycle. Installer admitted & corrected install. Damage repair requires asbestos abatement. BBS says not... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Jul 5, 2022

If you have not made a claim with your own rental insurance you should do so. Additionally, depending on what your lease agreement says you or your rental insurance may be responsible for the repairs and depending on the contract you signed with the installer/store as well. It is hard to say as... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Hello, I recently renewed my rental lease for my apartment and im planning on terminating it early.

So, I recently renewed my lease and the current lease agreement states that the fee in the amount of $0(1.5 times the stated monthly rent if left blank) if I terminate my lease early.

but on my initial lease agreement. the lease agreement on this section was left blank instead of putting... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Jun 22, 2022

Your current lease preempts your first lease and without seeing the lease agreement, it is hard to answer your question. But based on the current facts you have stated your current lease, which controls, you would have to pay 1.5 times the stated monthly rent if you terminate the lease early.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: Question on maintenance on outside trees for an HOA when damaged is done to a vehicle

I had a couple questions about landlord responsibilities on maintaining the outside trees, June 10th 2022 around 7:00pm a huge tree branch broke off onto the road. I was driving on that road and struck the branch ( it fell down in front of my car It happened within 2-3 seconds ) residents of that... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Jun 22, 2022

If your vehicle sustained damage and if you have not contacted your auto insurance you should do so. Your insurance company should handle the matter. Additionally, if you were a resident of the complex a landlord tenant attorney would need to see the underlying lease agreement, contract with the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I recently bought property from a friend. We closed escrow May 13 but she won't leave. What do I do?

We have both resided on the same property for 3 years. I recently bought it and she was supposed to leave for New Mexico. Our purchase agreement says property will be delivered at funding. Now she has had all of the money for almost 6 weeks and has only packed a few boxes and there is trash... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Jun 22, 2022

If you have not contacted a local real estate or landlord tenant attorney, you should do so to have them review the purchase agreement. They can review the agreement and help you with the next steps.

Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Can a landlord look through my windows
Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on May 24, 2022

Generally, the answer is no. If you think that your right to quiet enjoyment has been violated or your landlord has unlawfully entered the property that you are renting without proper notice, you can contact a local landlord tenant attorney to assist you in obtaining statutory money damages for... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: I live in Oregon. My son is occupying the house I own without my permission by force and refuses to leave. What do I do?
Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on May 24, 2022

If your son is trespassing on the property, you should call your local police department. However, you may need to consult a local landlord tenant or real property attorney to assist with ejectment. It sounds like you do not have a lease agreement with you, but there are a lot of facts that could... Read more »

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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 »

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