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Which situations allow a landlord to withhold a security deposit in Oregon?

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Which situations allow a landlord to withhold a security deposit in Oregon?

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One of the most common questions that tenants have is which situations allow for a landlord to withhold a security deposit in Oregon?

This is an understandable question to ask because there’s nothing worse for a tenant to do everything, they can leave their rental property in excellent condition when they move out, only to find that the landlord is keeping some, or all of their security deposit.

In this article, we will answer this question and offer you tips on how to deal with security deposit and Portland landlords.

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Which Situations Allow Landlords To Withhold Security Deposits In Oregon?

Landlords in Oregon are allowed to withhold all, or some portion of the security deposit if their tenant has caused damage to the rental property and has left it in a state of disrepair.

What’s the difference between property damage vs. normal wear and tear?

Examples of property damages:

  • The living room has oil stains on the carpet, because the tenant worked on their motorcycle in the apartment.
  • One or more walls in the property have holes due to the tenant punching, kicking, or willfully causing damage to the wall.
  • Broken appliances
  • Missing blinds
  • A drastic paint job inside the rental

Examples of normal “reasonable” wear and tear:

  • Loose wallpaper
  • Faded paint on the walls
  • Carpet that’s worn down or dirty
  • Cabinets or drawers that are worn or slightly stuck
  • Dirt builds up in the rental unit

Document The Condition of The Property:

At Rent Portland Homes Professionals we document the condition of each property at move-in
by taking extensive notes and hundreds of photos of each room plus the exterior of the home.

This documentation guarantees that there will be no confusion at move out.

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Our team has been working with Portland Oregon owners for years, saving them the time, money, and hassle of managing their rental properties themselves.

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