Eugene, OR asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon

Q: Comm- tenant rights/sublessor refuse written lease but a year-to-year agreement increases each yr

subleasing-1st year - Cohort approval and assignment of volunteer services in exchange for part-time workspace. 2nd year- automatic Cohort approval. office space and use of general areas in exchange for 20 hr. volunteer office coordinating training/ work & cleaning.

3rd-year backup office work, cleaning & 100 dollars cash monthly rent/ general use of common areas daily, small office

building security system tenant cost.

The 4th-yr landlord tried raising rent by an extra 400 a month. tenant disagreed landlord threatened instant eviction and a negotiated $400.00 w/ extra space & shared general areas use for conducting tenants' public business. the landlord refuses a written lease. 90 days landlord began to remove tenant space/time use & security systems. 90 more days Landlord only allowing 1/2 agreed on usage. tenant complained and the landlord's allegations threats eviction in 30 days. tenant also rents 2 additional connect/ spaces from the building owner for tenant business

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

A: If you have agreed to a commercial rental without a written lease, it must be on a month to month basis. Among other things, that means the landlord can change the terms, space, rent, etc. at anytime with 30 days advanced notice. If you want something more stable, either get a fixed term written lease or relocate elsewhere.

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