Salem, OR asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon

Q: Landlord just sent me 10 day termination for non payment but i dont owe anything and heres why.

I am on section 8 and can prove that i dont pay any rent. All i am required to pay is $100 for w/s/g and yet my landlord has charged me close to 10 thousand since march. Which has been paid and i was at a 0 balance and now i should only owe 100 dollars for august. But they are trying to evict me saying i owe 1250. Also i submitted a maintenance request on may 10 because my fridge broke and they acknowledged it on may 11 but still have yet to come and fix it. I had to replace my fridge on my own. Theres an infestation of roaches that they are fully aware of they put legal notices on all our doors last week stating they would be in with the exterminator to spray and then they never showed up nor did they notify us to explain why or reschedule. I also have all the documents and even voicemails that are proof. My question is can i sue my landlord for this. I feel like this is all illegal on there part.

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Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: Under Oregon Law your landlord is required to reasonably work to repair your unit. Without more facts no attorney would be able to tell you if your landlord has not been reasonable. If you have not reached out to landlord respectfully in writing to request and reschedule the exterminator and repair your fridge you should do so. In regards to the balance of rent your landlord is alleging that you owe, if they have properly served with a notice of termination for failure to pay rent you can request documentation for support of the balance and attempt to fight the matter in court after you have been served with an FED Complaint. If you believe that amount owed is in error you should start to gather your owe documentation of the payments made including documentation showing, proving, that you only owe your landlord $100.00 for the month of august.

good luck.

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