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Q: Kitchen sink broke and we are being charged for the replacement of it

The kitchen sink faucet broke due to manufacturing issues. We immediately contacted our management. The sink faucet was replaced but they are now charging us $100 for cost of labor and cost of the faucet. In Oregon, and I'm sure most states, this is covered by the company and nothing in their... Read more »

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Q: We are renting a home for 3 years in Josephine County. My adult children live there full time and I am there part time.

I just received an email that states she plans to evict us if we do not giver her 30 days notice. There are some other very uncomfortable issues. Rent has always been paid on time. She did an inspection in May took some pictures and now is telling us to get out and not to repair the minor items... Read more »

Gregory Abbott
Gregory Abbott
answered on Sep 23, 2022

You don't say the basis she alleges for being able to evict you. IF you give her 30 days notice it will be enforceable against you and you cannot retract it without her permission. IF you do NOT give her 30 days notice, she likely cannot evict you (since you have been there more than a year)... Read more »

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Q: Can my past landlords make up lies about me and can I sue them for doing so

I was evicted due to none payment of rent I have the paperwork. They posted on a review that I was kicked out due to drugs and that I tried blowing up the place with a pipe bomb but the police trespassed me from the property. Obviously a lie if I had tried to do that I would be in jail and why... Read more »

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Q: Can a Notice of For Cause for Termination for unacceptable levels of "filth" be contested?What is the standard measure?

Specifically, it was a Notice of For Cause for Termination for unacceptable levels of "filth", etc with a 2 week right to remedy by "removing filth". We've been renting the house for over 11 years. The landlord died 4 years ago and ownership passed to her son. We have a... Read more »

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Q: Yesterday, I received a notice terminating my month to month lease without cause. I understand that landlords can do

this within a year, however, this is being done in retaliation, which I know is not legal and the landlord would have to pay two months of rent if I were to prevail. The landlord is retaliating against the many maintenance requests I have had to file since moving in on August 1, and an arbitrary... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Sep 2, 2022

If you have not spoken with a landlord tenant attorney you should. If your landlord has filed a complaint against you in court to obtain possession of the rental property, you can make a counterclaims and affirmative defenses against your landlord for retaliation and failure to maintain the... Read more »

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Q: Went m2m after 10 years w a lease because buying first home. Landlord wants a 6 month lease In winter or 200 increase

Lived with a lease in rental 10 years. Finally going to be able to buy property so I wanted to go month to month so I can move out when ready. Was told that would b fine but after october I'd need to sign a 6 month lease to keep rent the same amount or I would have to pay an additional 200... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Sep 1, 2022

If you are asking if a landlord can increase your rent, the answer is yes once every 12 months. Some landlords will have month to month rates higher than fixed term lease amounts. This is normal.

However, if you are asking if the amount of the increase is improper, it is important to know...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I have a renal agency coming after me for money and it has been 2 years and 2 months since I moved out, is this legal?

Apartment in Portland, Oregon. I read OR 12.125 and wondered if this applies to my situation.

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Sep 1, 2022

Short answer is maybe, because without more facts it is difficult to answer your question. It would be important what your former landlord is alleging that you owe them, if you were evicted from the property and a judgment was entered against you which creates a lien, if an accounting statement was... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I was not given a copy of lease I signed for this Apt, I asked for copy and copy had changes that were not on lease when

I signed. Crossed out and written in by hand. Is this legal?

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Aug 30, 2022

Generally, contracts/ leases are not modified unless both parties agree, consent, to the modifications. However, without seeing the lease agreement and without more facts a local landlord tenant attorney would be unable to answer your question. If you have not reached out to a local landlord tenant... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: If I moved in with someone, and i was not on the lease,can the landlord keep me from getting my stuff during an eviction

I moved in with my daughter's father about 3 years ago. He never put me on the lease. Can the landlord keep me from getting my belongings

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Does an apartment not providing timely repairs and not fully helping with noise issues let us break our lease?

At the apartment I am currently living in, in Oregon I am having issues with the apartment complex fixing issues in our apartment in a timely manner. For example, we put a maintenance request in June and they still not been completed. We also have been having noise issues with our Neighbors since... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Aug 18, 2022

Under Oregon Law your landlord has to complete repairs within a reasonable timeframe. If you have not followed up on your repair request that you made in June, you should do that. If you have spoken with your landlord about requesting a similar unit to what you are renting now in a different part... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Is there a time limit on this where the tenant can recover damages?

He was only out of his unit for 2 days and was living under a temporary occupancy agreement, It involved a domestic dispute where the defendant was shoving the other tenant.

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Aug 11, 2022

There is always a time deadline for filing a claim. What it is depends upon what violation is being claimed and against who. 1 year is the statute for claims arising out of a residential rental agreement or Oregon's Residential Landlord Tenant Act. But negligence is 2 years. Other causes of... Read more »

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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... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Aug 11, 2022

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Im a landlord and my tenant has gotten an animal neglect charge from the city, is it on me at that point to evict her?

If I don’t evict will I be at risk of getting in trouble with the state for the animals neglected in my home?

Jennie Lynn Clark
Jennie Lynn Clark
answered on Aug 10, 2022

Any attorney would need to know more to fully answer your question. For instance, does the tenant claim the animals a service animals? Can the tenants be given a no-cause eviction under the new laws limiting no-cause evictions? Do the tenants have any potential counterclaims? Can you prove a... Read more »

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Q: Had inspection then received a notice we have to pay for repairs normally associated with moving out due Aug 18 in full

A bill almost equal to the rent for blinds painting door replacement ECT. Making our lives so stressed

They want to come in and inspect again and the 15th I believe and it states that we might incur more fees what can I do I can't afford 500 for a door even 500 hundred dollars by... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Aug 9, 2022

The issue is not the timing - it is whether you are responsible for damage beyond ordinary wear and tear. If so, you likely owe the cost of replacement/repair. A landlord does not need to wait until you move out to do repairs. Indeed, many prefer to constantly keep their dwelling unit fully... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Elder Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Is ot legal to have broken windows that are boarded up an not fixed for over a month and it's 100 degrees outside?

A tenant living in a 4 plex is rubbing his own feces all over this building he has assaulted tenant's broken out almost all windows in 2 units including his own the property management has been contacted all they have done is board up all windows over the feces and has left it like this for at... Read more »

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis
answered on Aug 1, 2022

It sounds like this tenant might be having a mental health crisis. I strongly recommend that you call Adult Protective Services in your county and ask them to make an immediate welfare check.

Anyone who is being assaulted should call 911.

In Multnomah County you can also call the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I reported a hornets nest right outside my bdrm window. How long do I have to wait for an answer from my landlord?

It is a new nest of hornets & they look pretty angry, as it is very hot where I live in Gresham, OR. Both my Sister & myself (we live together in an apartment complex on the 4th floor). I noticed this hornets nest outside my bdrm window on Tues, July 26, 2022. We have both emailed the... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Jul 29, 2022

Under Oregon law your landlord has to respond within a reasonable timeframe. If you have not followed up with them and notified them that you are highly allergic, I would recommend that you do. Most apartment complexes have an emergency maintenance line that you can call. If you have not called... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Did my landlord enter my unit without consent?

I submitted a repair request through a platform and under access instructions I wrote, "ask when I'm home," so they would schedule a time with me. They came by while I was getting ready to shower so ignored the knock but after about a minute they entered my unit and I had to run to... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Jul 28, 2022

When a tenant submits a maintenance request, it is an automatic permission to enter during reasonable hours for the next 7 days - unless it is expressly qualified otherwise in the request. "Ask when I'm Home" is not sufficient, in my opinion, to deny a landlord's automatic right of entry.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Contracts for Oregon on
Q: So I have a bunch of questions, 1. Can you sue someone who evicted you during covid when not allowed and lock change

Also kept deposit and all my stuff

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Jul 25, 2022

It is unlikely that someone actually evicted you when they were not allowed to - if you believed they were not allowed to, you should have taken the matter to court and had a Judge dismiss their efforts. If, however, you simply moved out as a result of their request, that is not really evicting... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: My wife and I are representing our son who is currently unable to manage his affairs.

He requested for us to terminate his lease and move him out.

Landlord stated we needed a POA. Our son has not been able to issue us a POA.

We have access to his portal at the landlords website, and paid his rent through their portal.

Is a POA mandatory to terminate our sons lease for him?

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Jul 22, 2022

The landlord has a right to insist upon proof of authority if someone else wants to terminate your son's lease. I am unclear as to his status, but presumably he originally signed the lease. If he has capacity to sign his name still, and understands what he is doing (which seems likely if he... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Does Portland ordinance for tenants supersede my short term guess agreement with my tenants

I have a condo in SE and let in two people just prior to Covid with a short term guess agreement so we can see whether the relationship as tenants will work out. They are tending to the condo, but as of 4 months one of them has not paid rent as she is looking for work and financial support.... Read more »

Katherine Goodman
Katherine Goodman
answered on Jul 22, 2022

Short answer is no, you would most likely have to pay relocation fees and if you are terminating the month to month lease agreement and assuming that it has been more than 1 year they have been renting the property from you, you would have to give them a reason for termination of the tenancy. If... Read more »

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