Portland, OR asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Oregon

Q: lease renewal letter to accept by end of month then rescinded before that..put on month to month. Eviction coming?

My boyfriend was given a lease renewal letter and told he had til the end end of this month to sign it. Today he received a letter saying that that has been rescinded and it is now going to be month to month. Out of 3 units he was the only one put on month to month and when he asked the landlord he recieved vague responses about "everythings changing so quick" and things like that. Is he about to be evicted? Does he have any rights as far as the landlord randomly rescinding the offer? He is employed, pays his rent on time, etc.

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

A: Had he signed and accepted the offer prior to the rescission, there is likely nothing the landlord could have done. But if he rescinded before your boyfriend accepted the renewed term lease, your boyfriend in now likely going to be on a month to month. But that is not the end of the world - to terminate even a month to month tenancy after the first year a landlord must have a permitted (and specified) reason and they are rather limited. Plus, if the landlord had grounds to terminate the lease, he likely could have done so without renewing the tenancy at all, be it a fixed term or a month to month. It does mean, though, that the landlord is free to raise rent with 90 days written notice rather than being unable to for the duration of the lease term. Good luck.

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