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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: Animal Control came and took my service animals. Is there something that I can do to get them back?

Animal Control also stated in the police report that they didn't know that the dogs were service animals. I have several disabilities and I need them back. How can I go about getting them back?

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Mar 20, 2020

To give you a proper answer, it will be important to know why your animals were taken by Animal Control.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Can my landlord force me into month-to-month at the end of my lease? (Lane County, OR)

Lease incl a $250 monthly rent for a wood shop on the property. It had been advertised as optional and is listed separately. I don't want to rent it anymore and I've asked for a lease renewal without it.

Rented bc there was supposed to be a work-trade situation to make some of the needed... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Mar 2, 2020

Generally a fixed term lease becomes a month to month at the end of its term. However, you should read your lease agreement for terms of what happens at the end of the fixed term. You should also read the your lease for the terms of vacating as you have to give your notice in writing or within a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: How do I evict a person with only a verbal agreement for rent that lives in a travel trailer at the place I live/own.

I just want them off my property not the 2 years non-paid rent.

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Feb 26, 2020

Has the person paid any rent since they have been there and what evidence do you have documenting the payment? Do you have any documentation in writing asking for rent? Additionally, more information needs to be known to give you a satisfactory answer. What type of tenancy was the agreement for... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Can I do a no cause eviction in Lincoln City, OR if I own the property, live in one unit and rent out the other unit?
Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Feb 17, 2020

Depends on a lot of factors such as how long the person as been living there, if the tenant has a month to month lease or a fixed term lease (generally 1 year) and potential other factors based on whether it is a fixed term lease or a month to month lease. I would recommend contacting a local... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Do I need a divorce decree to remove a tenant who has left the marriage, and the apartment, off a lease?
Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Feb 17, 2020

If you are a landlord with a valid lease agreement with the tenant then you will need to evict the tenant for cause. However, there are a lot variables that would need to be known before giving you more advise if you are the landlord.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Do i have to get a court ordered eviction if a renter has abandoned rental? Can i just take the place back???

Renter left house 1/26, left state 1/31 w/no notification. Late rent notice to be posted and mailed on 2/10 w/72 hours given to comply. Can i just take my rental back on 2/14 without going to the county to file for an eviction? Renter texted me on 2/4 that she will not return to the state till... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Feb 10, 2020

IF the rental agreement requires your tenant to give actual notice to the landlord of an anticipated extended absence in excess of 7 days as permitted by Oregon law, ORS 90.340 and tenant willfully failed to do so you can recover actual damages. If your tenant as actually abandoned the dwelling... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: is a 72 hour notice to pay or quit for non payment of rent valid if landlord did not date it when posted and mailed
Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Feb 3, 2020

If you mean that your notice did not specify the date and time by which you, tenant, must pay the rent to cure the nonpayment of rent, then yes the notice is not valid. It is recommended that you pay your rent as well, if you have not already. If this does not completely answer your question,... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: My landlord waited until I paid rent, then gave me 30 days. Does he owe me prorated rent once I move out?

Today is the first, he gave me 30 days yesterday. If I'm out on the 8th, does the law require him to give me back 21 days of pro-rated rent?

It is a month-to-month residential rental. I've been there one month, just paid rent for the second month. He gave me 30 days to move out and said he... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Feb 1, 2020

To give you the best answer to your question, additional information is needed. What did your landlord give you 30-days for? e.g. eviction. Additionally, what type of lease do you have? e.g. month-to-month or a 1 year. Moreover, is this for a residential or commercial lease?

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: What is the law regarding the eviction process in wa .for clean and sober housing
Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Jan 29, 2020

You will need to talk to a landlord and tenant attorney that is licensed and practices in the State of Washington. Your question was posted for Oregon. You should re-post your question into Washington. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: My landlord is saying that they didn't get my 30 day notice in the mail, I moved out and they are giving me a eviction

But I don't live at the house anymore is that legal? I have pictures of my notice and everything

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Jan 29, 2020

IF you served your 30-day notice to vacate according to your written lease agreement or Oregon law service was proper. However, you should talk to a landlord-tenant attorney about the eviction and service of your 30-day notice to vacate. They can guide you in your next steps and help you determine... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Can a landlord/manager have your things moved to another room without giving notice or you being present?
Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Jan 29, 2020

To give you a complete answer to your question additional information is needed, do you have a written lease, are you renting just a room from the landlord or are you renting the entire premises. With some additional information an attorney can give you a more complete answer.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: What are examples of “unpermitted pets?”

Residential property. In the rental agreement it doesn’t clearly say “no pets.” All it states is “keeping on the premises an unauthorized pet capable of causing damage to persons or property, as described in ORS 90.405^5”

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Jan 27, 2020

More information will be needed to answer your question. I.e. in relation to a residential lease, commercial lease, or to own exotic animal in your county or city etc.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Can a property manager text the amount of rent? And it be legal?
Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Jan 8, 2020

This is a very broad question and you do not state whether you are the landlord or the tenant. Do you mean can a landlord text a tenant a notice about the amount of rent that is increasing in relation to renewal of lease or is this in context of how much rent is owed every month for a lease that is... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Products Liability for Oregon on
Q: What should we do with my sons Dr? He implanted a medical device in my sons heart that has been recalled by the FDA

my son almost died from infection in his heart from the implant . now he has tried to say my sons valve should be repaired but nothing about taking the device out that has made him sick and is recalled. I feel the dr is lying and has lied to cover up mistakes such as implanted the wrong size as... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Jan 8, 2020

You should speak with a medical malpractice attorney about the next steps and to walk you through your all your options such as a filing a lawsuit or filing a malpractice complaint with the Oregon medical licensing board, etc. Good Luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: My tenants one year lease is up in May. If I raise the rent 9.8% (meaning under the limit) and they choose not to renew

If they choose not to renew their lease, do I need to pay the relocation fee?

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Jan 6, 2020

IF this is a lease for an Oregon rental premises, you are required to submit the proposed new rental agreement to your tenant at least 60 days prior to the ending date of the term. If they chose not to continue the lease at the end of the term, no you do not have to pay a relocation fee. IF this is... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: My landlord took away my ability to shower / bath with hot water, because I smoked near a window.

This has been resolved. Thank you for your time.

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Jan 2, 2020

It sounds like your landlord has failed to maintain your premises in habitable condition as required under Oregon Law and if your landlord has done this you can give written notice to your landlord specifying the breach and you may seek substitute services, diminution in rent damages or substitute... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon on
Q: an animal shelter lied and said I had two weeks to claim my animals instead they became their property in 78 hours

The shelter adopted out My ferrets within a week and they neutered my registered service dog in 78 hours. the cops has recorded body cam audio of the promise of two weeks and also the dash cam was on and I believe it caught it also and I had a witness in the police car with me that heard them say... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Dec 27, 2019

IF this happened in Oregon, when an animal is found and held in a shelter and when the owner is known the Shelter are required to give you notice 5 days before adoption, if you do not show after five days the animals can be adopted out.

If you service dog was neutered in Oregon, you may...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I want to add a roommate to my lease. My landlord says if I do, he is raising my rent 10% per occupant. Is this legal?

He told me when I initially signed the lease that I could get a roommate to help with the rent, but made no mention of a rent increase if I did. I rented a two bedroom as the sole occupant at the time of the lease signing. He never provided me a copy of my lease, so I don't know if he specifies... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman answered on Dec 3, 2019

You need to get a copy of your lease as it may list a method for increasing rent during the term. If the lease does not specify a method for increasing the rent, no change in the rent can be made during the fixed term of the lease. However, the maximum amount rent can be raised in any 12 month... Read more »

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