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Oregon Landlord Duties – What Are The Top Things Landlords Should Be Doing Before Winter?

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Oregon Landlord Duties – What Are The Top Things Landlords Should Be Doing Before Winter?


Are you searching for information on the top Oregon Landlord Duties? Especially as winter is around the corner and it’s only getting colder? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

Although owning rental properties in Oregon is a smart investment, landlords in Oregon do have a variety of responsibilities including the following:

  • Weatherproof the property – The Oregon rental property must be warm, dry, and protected from the outside elements. This means that doors / windows should have good seals and the rood should have no leaks.
  • smoke/carbon monoxide detectors – The property must have working smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.
  • HVAC – If it’s been a while since it was last maintained, the landlord must take the time to invest in tuning up the HVAC unit to ensure that it’s functioning normally during the fall and winter months.
  • Pest control – Landlords in Oregon must also be proactive at keeping their properties pest-free. This means regular treatment on the inside and outside of properties to keep bugs, pests, and other rodents at bay.

Is a landlord responsible for trash collection and recycling?

If the rental unit is in Portland, the landlord must provide an adequate number of trash containers in good repair and clean condition for all tenants who occupy a building or premises of four or more dwelling units.

Otherwise, the tenant must furnish such containers unless there is a written agreement between the Oregon landlord and tenant stating otherwise. Depending on local laws and any written agreement between the landlord and tenant, in areas outside of Portland, a landlord is also required to provide an adequate number of trash containers and to arrange for their removal.

Finally, in any city or county that has a multi-family recycling service, a landlord with five or more units on one parcel of land must provide a place for recyclable materials and regular collection of them.


What are the tenants’ responsibilities regarding habitability?

If you are a tenant, once you move in you also will have certain responsibilities to keep the place habitable. You must use the rooms, appliances, plumbing fixtures, and facilities reasonably. You must keep the rental clean, sanitary, and free of the trash. You must also remove the trash properly and safely.

You must test the unit’s smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors at least once every six months and replace the batteries in the smoke detector as needed. Inform your landlord in writing if a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector the landlord provided isn’t working properly. Do not remove batteries from, or tamper with, a properly working smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector.

You must not deliberately or negligently destroy, deface, damage, or remove any part of the rental property. As a tenant, you also are responsible for the actions of your family and for anyone else who is on the premises with your permission.

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