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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I am interested in purchasing a home that the seller is indicating the existing tenants need 9 months to remove from

Property. Can a seller dictate this even though the home will be owned by me (hopefully in 2 months). I want to live in the home myself

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Nov 4, 2020

It likely is not the seller "dictating" that but rather Oregon law, particularly during Covid times. While the specifics of Oregon's eviction moratorium specifying what can and cannot be done to terminate tenancies during the Covid-19 pandemic have changed enough to currently allow... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: Does HOA have to fix water issues on property they own?

My HOA owns the easement between my house and several neighbors. We all experienced flooding and property damage. We aren't allowed to touch it because they own it, but they refuse to make any repairs to the easement to ensure proper drainage.

Barbara Billiot Stage
Barbara Billiot Stage answered on Jul 21, 2020

It depends on the nature of the easement and who owns the property versus who is the easement holder. An easement holder has rights to use the property for a particular purpose, but does not own the land. For instance, if they have a utility easement, they likely have no responsibility for... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Landlord - Tenant and Sexual Harassment for Oregon on
Q: Can my landlord come stay at my rental property? I take this as a threat.

I do not have a written lease, only verbal. I told my friend/landlord about a guy I was seeing. Shortly thereafter my landlord showed up unwarranted and stayed in a garden shed, told me I lost his trust, made hideous sexual references, threatened to kick me out. A few tough weeks followed, I’d... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Apr 28, 2020

The exact details here make all the difference - which is why it is ALWAYS a good idea to only rent pursuant to a written lease. One main issue for you is likely to be what exactly it is that you rented. A written rental agreement specifies that. Here, IF the landlord can make an... Read more »

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