Portland, OR asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon

Q: Can a prospective landlord deny you as a tenet without giving reason?

My daughter applied for an apartment. They landlord responded to her by saying, "I pass." is that legal? What recourse does she have, if any?

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Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: If the landlord requires an applicant, a potential tenant, to pay an applicant screening charge and the application is denied or if an applicant makes a written request following the landlord's denial of the application, the landlord is required to promptly provide them with a written statement of one or more reasons for why they were denied.

Thus, IF your daughter paid a screening charge, your daughter can make a written request to determine the reason for the denial. IF your daughter has not done this already, she should make a written request. IF the landlord fails to comply with Oregon Law in regards, your daughter may recover $100 from the landlord.

Additionally, there are other facts that may apply, if your daughter is unsure on her next step she should contact a local landlord and tenant attorney for a consultation.

Good Luck.

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