Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon

Q: Can my lanord start eviction process on the weekend- multnomah county oregon

I live in portland, oregon and am on section 8. On the 5th of this month, my landlord informed me section 8 did not pay my rent this month and when she called they told her my recertification was 6 mnths late. She then told me I was responsible for the entire rent amount or she would start evictions proceedings. I explained to her my recertification was not late- I turned it in on time and had my home inspection (passed) a month later. She said to pay my portion- which I did- and I needed to figure it oit by Friday (today). I was not able to reach my worker and their office is closed to clients on Fridays. I text my landlord that I would be going to the section 8 office on Monday in person and would get it figured out. She replied that if I didnt pay the rest of the rent by midnight she would start eviction proceedings. What are my options? If I have to, I will come up with the rest of the rent, but I cant do it in 72hrs- especially as its the weekend.

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

A: No worries. Eviction suits can only be filed Mon-Fri. Plus they can't file without first having given you a 10 day (no longer just 72 hr) written notice, containing all the required information and having it lawfully served. Even then, once an eviction suit is filed, your first court appearance won't be for at least 15 days after filing, and if you fight it by asking for a trial, it will be at least 15 more days. If you render payment be the time of the first court appearance, or before trial starts (even if on the same day as trial) the case gets dismissed and you get to stay. You have to pay the rent if you want to stay but you don't have to be intimidated by a pushy landlord.

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