Portland, OR asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon

Q: Can a property manager require that each person makes three times the rent to qualify?

My husband and I have been living in our current rental for 3 years. New management took over and they are telling us that because my husband and I do not BOTH make 3 times the rent that we no longer qualify to live there. I support my husband while he's in grad school and this seems like discrimination. I make well over 3 times the rent and originally as long as residents collectively made that much they got approved. Can they really make us move out?

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

A: I already answered your question over on Avvo.com but would add that I assume you are on a month to month tenancy (or they couldn't even try to kick you out until the end of the lease without alleging and proving you violated the lease terms somehow). You also don't say what they have served you to allegedly terminate your lease or if you have gotten any written notice(s) from the landlord at all. Again, depending upon where your rental dwelling is located, if they have given you some sort of termination notice, they may owe you relocation assistance money. How much is again dependent upon where you are located. IF they have also violated these rules, you may be entitled to recover further sums from the landlord. So see a local landlord-tenant attorney wherever you are to learn your exact rights.

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