You are here

I’m having issues with my landlord, what can I do?

County law librarians are asked lots of landlord-tenant questions by public librarians and by law library patrons. 

 

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. To read these blog posts, please search for "landlord-tenant law" on the Oregon legal research blog.

 

TELEPHONE CONTACTS:

 

(Please call to find out customer service hours - these hotlines are often staffed by volunteers so don't forget to say "thank you!," which I'm sure you usually say anyway whenever someone helps you out.)

 

1) Community Alliance of Tenants, Renter’s Rights Hotline: 503-288-0130

 

2) Legal aid tenant hotlines:

 

a) The Oregon Law Center (OLC) legal aid Tenant Hotline (503-648-7723) serves five counties, Washington, Columbia, Tillamook, Clatsop, and Yamhill). It’s run by the Hillsboro Oregon Law Center.

 

b) If you live outside these counties: Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) does not have a state-wide tenant hotline at this time. Instead, contact your local office

 

c) Oregon Law Help has a directory of legal aid programs.  (If that link isn't working, please go to the Oregon Law Help homepage and link to the Directory from there.)

 

 

3) Fair Housing Council: 503-223-8197

 

 

OREGON LANDLORD-TENANT LAWS:

 

Oregon Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (RLTA) and FED (forcible entry and wrongful detainer) Laws:

See the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS), Title 10, Sections 90, 91, 105 (FED). Please use the ORS index to ensure you have located all the statutes that apply to your situation.

 

 

If you are a tenant and think you might be headed for a dispute or you just want to know more about your rights:

 

1) Janay Haas's book, "Landlord/Tenant Rights in Oregon,” though out of date, is still excellent. 

 

2) Landlord-Tenant info at Legal Aid Services of Oregon's OregonLawHelp. Click on the "housing" button for the most current brochures and information flyers.  Their Landlord-Tenant Law brochure lists resources and contacts.

 

3) The Oregon State Bar's landlord and tenant law webpage has lots of information and a list of legal aid contacts.

 

The OSB also have a lawyer referral service– some landlord-tenant law problems need the attention of a lawyer.

 

4) The Oregon Housing and Community Services website has helpful links.

 

5) Habitability questions may require other types of research, often starting with your local government’s resources. 

 

6) Visit an Oregon law library. They will have other print-only or on-site-only databases you can use to research your legal problem.