Roseburg, OR asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon

Q: Can I evict a tenant during the pandemic if I plan to move into the residence?

I have a month to month lease agreement with the tenant that began in October, 2019. Originally I planned to move out of state but plans changed. Is the fact that I will be moving back into the residence cause to file eviction during the pandemic?

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

A: It may be a permitted reason under ORS 90.427 (5) to issue a no cause termination (though if they have been there less than a year, you do not need a permitted reason) but it is expressly banned during the Governor's moratorium and technically is a potential misdemeanor if you do so. Further, you could end up owing the tenant 3 month's rent plus actual damages plus court costs plus attorney's fees.

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