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Oregon Landlord-Tenant Law: Questions and Resources

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Law librarians are asked lots of landlord-tenant questions by public librarians and by law library patrons.  Here is our latest list of contacts:
IF YOU HAVE Oregon Landlord-Tenant Law QUESTIONS:

We BLOG about Oregon landlord-tenant law and on a wide range of related issues: renting to relatives, Landlord School, service animals, renting a room in someone’s house, etc.  Click on the landlord-tenant law tags below or on the right-hand sidebar.
TELEPHONE CONTACTS:
(Please call to find out customer service hours – these hotlines are often staffed by volunteers so don’t forget to say “thank you!,” which I’m sure you usually say anyway whenever someone helps you out.)
1) Community Alliance of Tenants, Renter’s Rights Hotline: 503-288-0130
2) Legal aid tenant hotlines
a) The Oregon Law Center (OLC) legal aid Tenant Hotline (503-648-7723) serves five counties, Washington, Columbia, Tillamook, Clatsop, and Yamhill). It’s run by the Hillsboro Oregon Law Center.

b) If you live outside these countiesLegal Aid Service of Oregon (LASO) does not have a state wide tenant hotline at this time. Rather, people have to contact their local office by region.

c) Oregon Law Help has a Directory of legal aid programs.  (If that link breaks, please just go to the homepage for Oregon Law Help and link to the Directory from there.)

3) Fair Housing Council: 503-223-8197
OREGON LANDLORD-TENANT LAWS:
Oregon Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (RLTA) and FED (forcible entry and wrongful detainer laws):
IF YOU ARE A TENANT and think you might be headed for a dispute or you just want to know more about your rights:
1) Janay Haas’s BOOK, “Landlord/Tenant Rights in Oregon,” though out of date, is still excellent.  So don’t throw yours out and if you see one at a used book sale, consider buying it to keep or to donate.
2) Landlord-Tenant info at Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO). Click on Housing for most current brochures and information flyers.  Their Landlord-Tenant Law brochure lists resources and contacts.
They also have a lawyer referral service – some landlord-tenant law problems need the attention of a lawyer!
5) Habitability questions may require other types of research, often starting with your local government’s resources.  That habitability blog post’s link to the Oregon State Bar has broken, so use their new one, which is also noted in the blog post’s Comment.
6) Visit an Oregon law library.  They will have other print-only or on-site-only databases you can use to research your legal problem.
IF YOU’RE A LANDLORD, see this previous blog post on: Becoming a Professional Landlord
Feel free to add a Comment to this blog post if you know about other landlord-tenant legal research resources.