Articles Tagged with landlord-tenant law

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We came across another useful legal research resource for those frequently asked couch-potato questions:

* Can I throw my brother-in-law out of my apartment?

* My sister tells me that under the 3-days-on-the-couch rule, she’s now a tenant and I can’t throw her sorry self out and change the locks.

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The Washington County (Oregon) Department of Housing Services is hosting a free event for landlords, property owners, and property managers to discuss the value of inspecting rental property on May 23, 2012 at the Shirley Huffman Auditorium in the Washington County Public Services Building, 155 N. 1st Avenue, Hillsboro, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

The 2 hour informational session will cover: reasons to inspect, key items to look for, who should perform inspections, and optimum inspection times. The evening will include information on the inspection process for properties rented through the Housing Choice Voucher program, but the main focus of the event will be discussing how landlords can boost their bottom line by implementing a solid inspection program….” [Link to website.]

Link to other OLR blog posts on Oregon landlord-tenant law.

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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.
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Are you interested in becoming a landlord? Several resources are available to help prepare you before taking the plunge and then support you after you have. To find not only landlord training and classes but also current forms, tenant screening services, updates on relevant legislation, and much more, look into the various professional associations for property owners and managers, such as the Oregon Rental Housing Association. Other Oregon landlord associations throughout the state can be found in the listing here.

In the Portland metropolitan area, two important organizations are the Rental Housing Association of Greater Portland and the Metro Multifamily Housing Association. Also, the City of Portland’s Bureau of Development offers a “Landlord Training Program” for Portland-area property owners and managers. Watch for upcoming spring training sessions, or call 503-823-7324 to provide your email contact information; they will notify you when those spring dates are scheduled.

Both potential and current Oregon landlords may find the following publications useful as well:

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The intranets, and agony aunt columns (e.g. Ask Amy), are filled with tales of roommate woe:

My roommate won’t pay his share of the rent on time.
Our roommate is driving us crazy – with cleanliness.
My roommate never locks the front door.
My roommate ….
My roommate …. (I’m sure there’s a song in there somewhere ….)

There may be legal solutions in some instances, e.g. if you all signed the lease or if the conduct is illegal, but in many instances, the problems fall into the “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” or “you should have thought of this ahead of time” category.

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From the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Oregon, Press Room, October 9, 2009, St. Helen’s Landlord Settles Fair Housing Act Case

Ronald A. Lucas and R.A. Lucas Developments, LLC agree to establish procedures to allow assistance animals for physically and mentally disabled tenants

Portland, Ore. – A settlement has been reached between the parties in a federal Fair Housing Act case against a St. Helen’s landlord regarding assistance animals for persons with physical and mental disabilities. The parties have requested that Federal District Judge Michael W. Mosman approve the terms of the settlement. The parties have asked the court to approve a Consent Decree which references an additional confidential agreement between the tenant and the Lucases resolving all monetary and other relief agreed upon and disposing of all claims….” (read full press release)

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Take a look at the Lane County Law Library Index to Legal Research Guides. It’s excellent and will just get better and better. They link to useful legal research guides from Northwest law libraries:

· Adoption
· Oregon Administrative Rules
· Bankruptcy
· Obtaining Birth Certificates
· Border Crossing Guide
· How to Find Oregon Appellate Court Briefs
· Consumer Information/Protection
· Criminal Law and Procedure in Oregon
· Debt Collection–Creditor’s Rights
· Foreclosure, Repossession and Liens
· Oregon Forms
· Landlord/Tenant
· How To Find A Lawyer In Oregon
· Oregon Legal Ethics
· Researching Oregon Legislative History
· Oregon Legislative Records
· Medical Malpractice Issues: Research Sources
· Name Changes in Oregon
· Using the Oregon Revised Statutes
· Finding Public Records in Oregon
· Small Claims Court and Procedures
· Traffic Violations

And, if you’re a Northwest law librarian with a legal research guide not included in this list, let the Lane County Law Librarian know!

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Today’s Oregonian has an editorial by Oregon Senator Bonamici and Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish about Senate Bill: 2009 SB 952 (A-Engrossed) in PDF or HTML:

Excerpt from the editorial: Renters, too, can face the hit of foreclosure:

Losing a home to foreclosure can be devastating. Typically, homeowners come to mind when we think of foreclosure. But the fact is, many foreclosed properties are places that renters call home, too….

The Oregon Legislature is working on Senate Bill 952 to protect tenants whose homes are in danger of foreclosure. This bill would require that in addition to the property owner, tenants be provided with foreclosure notice. Tenants without a lease would receive 30 days notice. Tenants with a lease would receive up to 60 days notice. SB 952 also protects tenants’ security deposits, requiring that landlords in foreclosure apply the deposit toward rent. The bill gives tenants time to look for a new home and save money for expenses….”
(read full editorial)

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Welcoming a renter into your home is a serious matter, whether that person is a friend, family member, or stranger. Becoming a tenant in someone’s home is equally serious. Make sure there is a lease.

Do you want to draft a Lease of Your Own?

1) There are “fill in the blank” forms, online and in print, but … there is no such thing as a free lunch, nor a Get Rid of a Bad Tenant (or escape a bad landlord) Free card. Use the online forms, but Caveat Emptor – and read on ….

2) Make sure you read about Oregon landlord-tenant law, Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS). The Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RLTA) is a complex tangle of rights, obligations, and protections.

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