No more no-cause (almost) terminations
Oregon’s tenant-friendly residential leasing laws just got even more favorable for tenants. I’ve heard debate on both sides on whether the new laws are a good or bad change and for whom, but as I like to say: I don’t make the laws, I just argue about them.
The passage of Oregon Senate Bill 608 made some major changes when it comes to terminating month-to-month tenancies entered into or renewed after March 30, 2019, and fixed term tenancies entered into or renewed after February 20, 2019. Until recently, landlords could terminate a tenancy after the first year for no cause with a 60 day notice. Now, those terminations are prohibited and punishable with three months’ rent, actual damages sustained by the tenant, possible attorney fees and legal costs, and can be used as a defense against an eviction action.
There are a number of exceptions that apply to the terminations such as the landlord undertaking repairs or renovations, demolishing the unit, selling the unit, or moving a member of the landlord’s family in. There are also exceptions for repeated violations of the rental agreement by tenant and for rentals of duplexes. These exceptions have specific requirements and procedures that also need to be followed.
Whether you’re a tenant wondering what your rights are or a landlord looking to comply with the law these changes affect both parties. Garcia Law, LLC, can help you navigate these changes and represent your interest regarding your residential tenancy.