Virginia Beach, VA asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon

Q: Two different leases for one house and three roommates?

My wife has a lease in oregon with two other roommates. One roommate is the daughter of the landlord. She also has a different lease from the other two tennants allowing her to have a dog. The other two tennants, my wife included, are not allowed to have any pets per the lease they have signed. Is this legal?

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

A: Certainly - and is one reason to have separate leases rather than all on one. The terms of the landlord's agreement with one tenant does not have to be the same as with a different tenant, so long as they are on different leases. It also means that you can't get evicted if she does not pay her rent; only if all the people on your lease collectively do not pay the rent are you potentially vulnerable in such a situation.

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