Brookings, OR asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon

Q: Can a landlord evict a tenant for "repairs due to the house being unsafe until finished" even when it's safe?

The house is perfectly safe. All of the listed repairs are either unnecessary high-scale projects (such as re-flooring the entire house, things they usually do when a tenant moves out) or things that can be done in under a week (such as re-plumbing and re-flooring the bathroom). This is a small roughly 800 square foot house which we pay $1315/month for.

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

A: Short answer to your question is yes. Your landlord can serve a tenant who has a month to month tenancy with a notice of termination with the reason that your landlord intends to undertake repairs or renovations to the dwelling unit within a reasonable time and the premises is unsafe or unfit for occupancy; or the dwelling unit will be unsafe or unfit for occupancy during the repairs or renovations. The notice must give 90 days plus 3 days for first class mailing. However, if you believe that the notice or repairs or renovations do not meet the requirements as stated with Oregon law, you should consult with a local landlord attorney to discuss your potential options if any.

Good luck.

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