Tacoma, WA asked in Real Estate Law, Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon

Q: Is it legal for 3 seperate dwellings to share an address and single family mailbox, or for 2 to share a gas meter?

I rent what used to be the garage of the main dwelling at my address. The gas company considers it the "shop" address, but its a 2 br house. There is also a shop behind my house that has been converted into a one bedroom bungalo. Three seperate dwellings but one mailbox, intended for a single family dwelling. The house in back is on our gas meter, however that is the only utility that knows or recognizes there is more than one residential dwelling on the property. We dont even have phone or cable outlets in the walls. Is there a limit to how many seperate dwellings can be the same address?

1 Lawyer Answer
Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: Given that a landlord is not legally required to provide any mailbox, you likely have no claim regarding sharing it. If you prefer, simply get a P.O. Box or private mailbox at one of the many places offering such options. The gas meter may be a different deal however. It depends upon what your written lease agreement says about it and how it may be billed. There are numerous requirements regarding shared utilities, the proper billing for them, and the information your landlord is obligated to provide you regarding any billing that he charges or re-bills to tenants for utilities. If you think you may have some violations of that, review it all with a local landlord-tenant attorney. If they think you have a landlord violation, it may be worth a month's rent, plus your court costs and attorney's fees to you.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.