Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon

Q: Only eviction notice that we have received was from new owners lawyer that said we had 15 days to vacate, in Oregon.

We have lived on property for 15 years there was a landlord tenant relationship with the previous owners though we did not pay a monthly rental. They sold the property January 1st 2021 the new owner does not want to move in to the home ,but refuses to rent to us. The only eviction notice we got was from his lawyer saying we have 15 days to move. On April 19th was served with a complaint that we owed the new owners $4,500 via 1500 a month rent they are losing for us being there. The new owner has refused to rent to us for no reason. Also has not supplied us with any written explanation why not. We are in the process of moving now, but what would be the proper way to answer such a complaint. Also the manufactured house is 15 years old and the new owner has never even been inside it. Even with high rent costs, it is not worth 1500 a month. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you for your time.

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

A: You don't say where you are in Oregon or if you are on a month to month tenancy or a fixed-term lease. You also don't say why there is a landlord-tenant relationship if you are not paying any rent. Regardless, the only way to know anything meaningful is for you to take everything to a local landlord-tenant attorney for a careful review to determine if the notices are valid and enforceable and/or whether you have any claims against the new landlord or if the notice violates the Covid moratorium rules. It may also be that if you have been paying zero rent, and they are attempting to raise rent to $1500 per month, they may be in violation of the rent control maximum rent increase, potentially entitling you to further damages. See a local attorney and find out what your rights are.

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