Saint Helens, OR asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon

Q: So am I required by law to let a new potential buyers in my unit while in contract with the previous owner? thank you

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

A: A landlord has the right to enter the rental dwelling to inspect, do repairs, and to show to prospective buyers or future tenants. There is nothing special about showing to potential buyers - at least 24 hours advanced notice is required unless the tenant agrees to an earlier entry. Tenant does not have to vacate the property during the showing and cannot be required to keep the dwelling particularly picked up or maintained in "showable condition". A landlord cannot conduct so many showings as to be harassing to the tenant. A tenant can decline to allow any particular entry but cannot decline to allow any/all showings. If both landlord and tenant are interested, landlord can pay tenant to allow more frequent showings or showings without the 24 hr advanced notice or to keep property in showable condition, etc. It just requires a separate written agreement and payment to the tenant. Once the property is bought - be it in full or on contract - then the new owner's have the same rights and obligations that any landlord in Oregon has.

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