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Oregon Landlord Responsibility and Rights 2021-2022

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Oregon Landlord Responsibility and Rights 2021-2022


The Portland rental market has changed dramatically in the last 18 months and it’s more important than ever before for landlords to know their responsibilities and rights.

Thankfully, in this article we will provide you with a breakdown of the top landlord responsbility and rights for 2021-2022 so that you can be prepared to grow your portfolio of investment properties in the year to come.

Landlords Responsibilities And Rights For 2021-2022

  • Landlords must respect their tenant’s privacy and must give at least a day’s notice for any entrances, including inspection or repair.
  • The only exception to this is in the case of an emergency repair that could otherwise be dangerous.
  • The landlord is required to keep the units kept up nicely and in safe order. They are responsible for keeping up the heating, plumbing and hot water and making sure that all of those amenities stay in working and safe order.
  • All landlords should abide by their state and federal laws, including health and safety codes.
  • Landlords must be open in communication with their tenants and make their contact information available for each one.
  • Landlords are required to make all repairs of general wear and tear and should do it in a timely manner.
  • They are also required to provide smoke alarms as well as easily accessible fire escapes in the case of some unforeseen emergency.
  • If landlords are required to pay the utilities they must do so on time and should not allow the utilities to be shut off.
  • Anything that interferes with the well-being of their tenants is prohibited.

Lease and Rent Information Leases can be both verbal and written. They are both common and usually depend on the type of lease as to which one is chosen.

  • Oral agreements cannot hold up in a court of law, so if there is any concern of the morality of either party, a verbal agreement should not be used.
  • They are most often used for weekly or monthly rentals with no lease obligation.
  • Written leases are generally used for longer periods such as yearly leases. They are more official and can hold up if there are any future disputes. They often include information such as:
    • Detailed description of the property before the move-in
    • The length of the rental period and the dates of it.
    • Both party’s names and contact info.
    • Information regarding the rent amount and when it is due.
    • Policies about lateness of rent and other fees that could potentially be charged.
    • The expectations and responsibilities of both party’s.
    • Who pays the utilities?
    • Information outlining the security deposits.
    • Regulations on the shared spaces of the unit.

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