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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Oregon on
Q: I own property as joint tenants in common. There are 3 owners. One of the owners has a federal tax liens on the property

We are going to sell the property, the partners share of the proceeds will not cover the liens. Can the IRS take the rest out of the others portion or are they limited to the partners share with the liens

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 25, 2020

Each Tenant In Common owns an undivided interest in the property. The IRS is the priority lien holder on the whole property. The Tax Lien does need to be examined for enforceability (SOL, Taxpayer's Name, Tax Debt Due, possible Tax Court Case, etc.). You all might try an Offer In... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: My landlord is trying to have me sign another year lease. Am I required to sign during this uncertain time?

The lease would go from 5/31/2020 to 6/1/2021. I am nervous to sign because of all the economic uncertainty.

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on May 13, 2020

You are never required to sign any document, let alone a year long lease. However, if you elect not to, you may subject to whatever termination procedures are listed in your current lease. Different leases handle the topic differently - some just expire on the termination date, you are expected... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I have lived in the same apartment for 8 years. They just sold it and I wanted to know if new owners can raise my rent

My rent was raised 4 months ago

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on May 12, 2020

If you are on a month-to-month tenancy, then yes, new owner can raise rent with at least 90 days prior written notice as long as they don't raise it more than a total of 9.9% over what it was 12 months ago.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: My spouse was awarded house in decree but owes a buyout. He no longer wants the house nor to do the buyout.

Over two years ago I was divorced and my spouse was awarded the house. He also had to give me a buyout. As part of the divorce decree I would be able to stay in the house for four years and at the end of those four years he would have to buy me out. He has since moved out of the house and has told... Read more »

Vincent J. Bernabei
Vincent J. Bernabei answered on May 12, 2020

Your understanding that you can't just change the property division in the divorce is correct. Instead of amending the decree, I recommend you enter into a new agreement to purchase the home from your former spouse, who is now the current owner of the home, in exchange for satisfying his... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: Can relators show houses while tenants still live in the home during covid-19 in the state of Oregon ?

I have lived in the same rental home for going on 6 years now in the state of Oregon.

Recently I was notified that the property owner “landlord” is selling the home in which I rent.

My landlord has had relators and photographers come into the home while taking no precautions... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on May 6, 2020

A landlord has to provide at least 24 hrs notice of intent to enter, be it to show to prospective buyers or any other non true emergency reason. The tenant is free to simply say no. If the landlord enters anyway, the tenant may be entitled to recover a month's rent in damages and/or a court... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Our landlord just told us he's not renewing our lease and we have 2 months to get out. Is that legal right now?

Our lease expires July 1st, and he just sent us an email 3 days ago saying that he's not going to be renewing our lease and he expects us to be out by the date of expiration. We have been living here for 3 years, he does not live on the premises and as far as I know, this is the only property... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Apr 23, 2020

IF you have been there for more than a year, then the landlord MUST provide you at least 90 days advanced written notice that they do not intend to renew your lease and then only for a statutorily permitted reason. It sounds as if you have not gotten at least 90 days advanced notice; any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: On april 17th I got a text message from my landlord saying the house we live in has sold, and gave us 60 day notice

Is this legal. Do we really have to move out through a text message eviction?

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Apr 20, 2020

First, no, any sort of valid termination of tenancy notice has to be in writing (as in on paper), contain all the mandatory information and be lawfully served. Depending upon the exact details, you may be owed at least 90 days advanced written notice.

On top of this, it currently is not...
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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: Our landlord has put up a for sale sign in the yard and want to show the house tomorrow. Are they allowed to do this?

I’m asking primarily because of covid-19 and we have been sick (untested).

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Apr 17, 2020

Sure they can as long as they give you at least 24 hrs advanced notice before entering. You, however, are also free to say "no, please do not enter" and they have to respect that. Any tenant can always refuse entry to a landlord (or anyone else except police with a warrant) by simply... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Issues with putting in maintenance orders and company marking them as complete without doing anything.

What are my options? We have two months left on the lease. We have had to put multiple orders in for the same thing and we are told by the owner that he did not know and the rental company is telling us that the owner didnt want to fix it. The major complaint is the back deck is rotting away and... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Apr 16, 2020

First, be sure you have documented everything - the habitability violations and your requests for maintenance and yes, document EVERY request you have made (and put future maintenance requests in writing). Try calling your city building code inspectors to see whether they will come inspect and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: Can anyone demand payment for anything from me if I have a living estate.

The next of kin whom recieves the property upon my death is demanding payment from me for my kids living here

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Apr 4, 2020

First of all I have never heard of a living estate. Maybe you mean a revocable living trust? If that's what you mean putting you property into your own revocable living trust doesn't make your property unavailable to your creditors, least of all your obligation to pay child support.... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: What legal action could/should I take regarding long term low level carbon monoxide poisoning over the past 6 years?

My family and I moved into our rental 6 years ago. Recently Our Security system we just bought picks up general air quality ie. pollen, cooking odors, methane, dust and carbon monoxide. It was detecting abnormal air quality the past week that we've had it. I double checked our smoke... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Apr 2, 2020

That can certainly be distressing but nothing you posted indicates that you have actually suffered any specific harm from the exposure so what are your damages? Plus, a landlord is not a guarantor that nothing will go wrong. Rather it is their duty to fix problems with reasonable diligence once... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: As a buyer can I be sued by a seller (in bankruptcy and already has court approval to sell home) if I breech contract?

Tried to back out of contract but bankruptcy lawyer is threatening I will be sued by sellers or bankruptcy court if I don’t follow through with sale. Bankruptcy was never disclosed to us in purchase and sale agreement (only in addendum stating “sale of home contingent on court approval”) the... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Mar 31, 2020

This is a complex situation which really requires a lawyer to know all the facts and review all the documents before they can advise you. All I can tell you is that the Bankruptcy Lawyer is motivated to get top dollar for their client. They need to sell the house for more than is owed on the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: My sister's husband died he was the only one on the title and the loan of the house. She doesn't know what she is to do
Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Mar 14, 2020

She needs to talk to a lawyer who can help her figure out if she inherited the house either because of Oregon's intestacy laws if the husband didn't have a Will or because the Husband did have a Will. If there were no step children by the husband and he didn't have a Will, the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: I'm wanting to buy property and have reached the seller but his sister who is also on the deed is mia

The sister has not been able to be reached in years

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Mar 1, 2020

You are not going to be able to buy the property until the sister's interest is resolved.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: Can a house be held in a Supplemental Needs Trust? I though that a house is not defined as a supplemental need.
Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Mar 1, 2020

Yes a house can be held in a supplemental needs trust but you should discuss all of your options with an experienced special needs attorney. That might not always be the best idea.

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Social Security for Oregon on
Q: Can a house that is in a Supplemental Needs Trust be transferred to a private party?
Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis answered on Feb 26, 2020

Supplemental Needs Trusts (also called Special Needs Trusts) are a very specialized area of law. I strongly recommend that you meet with an experienced planning attorney to assist you. It is impossible to answer your question without a lot more information.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: How do you transfer a piece of real estate before someone dies in order to avoid probate?
Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Feb 25, 2020

The owner of the real property can do that by signing and recording a deed, but he or she would be well advised to consult with an attorney before doing so. Lifetime gifts of large value items like a home are fraught with peril. First, the gift might trigger a gift tax. Second, the recipient... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Should I sign lease renewal without prior verbal agreements listed?

When moving in the manager kept at least one of our cats off of the lease to avoid deposit charges as a way to entice signing; then he was replaced before our lease was up or we had any ability to get verbal contracts put into writing including the existence of all animals and permission to paint... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Feb 10, 2020

You know the answer, you are just trying to find a way around it. No one should EVER sign any document which they know contains false information and you are certainly justified to be concerned about it. Even if a landlord does nothing about it now, you will be giving them a weapon to use against... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: Our house is for sale and under contract. The buyer placed an ad to rent out our house. Is this legal?

The buyer, without our knowledge, approval or consent placed an ad to rent our house. The ad was an almost exact copy of the listing description. They included two pictures of our property in the ad. They even had people scheduled to tour the house 2 weeks before the closing date!!! The only... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Feb 3, 2020

They would be entitled to rent the house once the sale closes. But it sounds like they acted prematurely. I wouldn't jump to conclusions without knowing the facts. Have your real estate agent contact their real estate agent and get this sorted out, ie no rental advertisements until the sale... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: I live in a house that is owned by my dad. My husband and I pay my dad the mortgage he took a loan for to help us get in

if he dies and his estate settles the mortgage of the loan, and I take less of the inheritance to pay back the loan, does my sister get to claim half of the equity of the house we live in? we have paid interset and monthly in this house she has not paid a dime. Also, he is thinking of just selling... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Feb 3, 2020

You need to go see a lawyer. You can have all sorts of problems when you are buying a house but the house is held in someone else's name as is the mortgage. It sounds like you need a contract for the sale of the house from your dad to you to memorialize what is really going on, ie your dad... Read more »

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