Q: Help with eviction and flat fee lawyer. The tenant gave the apt. to a friend who is not paying rent now. Thanks
Oregon Real Estate Landlord / Tenant issue. The tenant with whom there is a signed lease agreement subleased the apartment to a friend during covid and now the friend is not paying rent. There were some messages about this w/ the landlord but the friend never signed a new lease. Also, the friend received Covid help from the county.
A: You will need to serve the tenant with the proper 144 hr or 72 hr notice and, if not timely paid, file to evict in court. While I offer some partial eviction services on a flat fee basis, I don't know any attorney who offers a flat fee for an eviction start to finish. That is because there are so many potential variables and case can cost from less than $1000 to $15,000 or more if it turns into a knock down, drag out battle at trial. The place to start normally is for you to make an appointment with a local landlord-tenant attorney for an initial interview and go from there. They will, of course, want to see ALL relevant paperwork - communications with the tenant, the lease from the original tenant, notices, agreements, etc. Regardless of this comes out, you should never go without a signed, written lease with the tenant. They should provide it to you, along with their deposit and initial rent before you ever give them a key. Anything else puts yourself at risk.
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