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Please note: These resources are primarily aimed at low-income tenants. If you are a landlord seeking information, please also see the Oregon State Bar Landlord and Tenant Resources page.

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Habitability Standards

Every rented residential unit in Oregon, regardless of how low the rent is, must meet certain standards for safety, health and cleanliness. These are called "habitability" standards.

Renter's Handbook on Portland's Rental Application and Screening Requirements

Since March 1, 2020, a law in the City of Portland (Fair Access in Renting, or “FAIR ordinance”) requires landlords to follow certain requirements for how they advertise available rental units located in the City of Portland, how they process applications for available rental units, and how they screen applicants. The PDF attached contains information about the City of Portland’s rental application and screening laws.

Application Fees and Deposits

Information on application fees and security deposits. (An excerpt from the 2016 Landlord-Tenant Law in Oregon community education booklet.)

Can Small Claims Court Help Tenants?

Information about how renters can use small claims court when there are problems with the landlord. (An excerpt from the 2016 Landlord-Tenant Law in Oregon community education booklet.)

Fees and Deposits

Information about deposits and other fees that landlords may charge.

Reasonable Rules in Mobile Home Parks and Floating Home Facilities

A landlord of a mobile home park (also called a manufactured dwelling facility) or floating home facility must provide rules and regulations for the rented space and other facilities. Find out more here.

Rent Increases

Information about increases landlords can make to your rent.

Security Deposit Guide for Oregon Renters

Your landlord must return your security deposit or provide a written accounting of why it was not returned. This guide will help you ensure your landlord returns your security deposit when you move out and provides steps to take if you have a dispute with a prior landlord about a security deposit. January 2018.

Security Deposit Guide for Portland Renters

Your landlord must return your security deposit or provide a written accounting of why it was not returned. This guide will help you ensure your landlord returns your security deposit when you move out and provides steps to take if you have a dispute with a prior landlord about a security deposit. Starting on March 1, 2020, renters in the City of Portland have additional protections under the City’s Rental Housing Security Deposit Ordinance. Read the PDF for more info.

Getting Repairs Made

Information about getting repairs made to rental property.

Can Small Claims Court Help Tenants?

Information about how renters can use small claims court when there are problems with the landlord. (An excerpt from the 2016 Landlord-Tenant Law in Oregon community education booklet.)

Residential Eviction Defenses

Information about possible defenses available to tenants in eviction cases.

Residential Eviction Notices

Information about the types of eviction notices that landlords must give tenants.

Residential Evictions

Information about the steps a landlord must take to lawfully evict a tenant.

Rights of a Mobile Home Owner Threatened with Eviction from a Mobile Home Park

People who own their mobile homes and rent only their space in a mobile home park have certain rights when a landlord threatens to evict them. Find out more here.

Can Small Claims Court Help Tenants?

Information about how renters can use small claims court when there are problems with the landlord. (An excerpt from the 2016 Landlord-Tenant Law in Oregon community education booklet.)

Getting Your Security Deposit Back After You Leave

Find out how to get your refundable security deposit returned to you after you move. (An excerpt from the 2016 Landlord-Tenant Law in Oregon community education booklet.)

Video explaining SB 608 - limits to rent increases and no-cause evictions in Oregon

This video explains Oregon's Senate Bill 608, the law that limits rent increases and no-cause evictions throughout Oregon.

Challenge to Garnishment Forms

A link to the Oregon Department of Justice page with various garnishment forms, including a Challenge to Garnishment form.

Fair Debt Collection

Information about federal debt collection laws, with a video explaining them.

Oregon Disaster Legal Services

Resources, information and legal help for Oregon disaster survivors.

Accessibility to Oregon Courts

Information about requesting accommodation for disabilities in order to use the state court system's services or facilities.

Small Claims Court

This information page from the Oregon State Bar includes a video that explains the process of taking your case to Small Claims Court.

Small Claims Filing Instructions for Plaintiffs

Small claims are filed to resolve disputes without a lawyer. These instructions tell you how to file a claim if you are the plaintiff (person bringing the case to court).

New Tenant Screening and Criminal Background Protections for Tenants

A new state law regarding tenant application screenings and protections against discrimination on the basis of certain criminal history is in effect as of January 1st, 2022. Read the PDF for more information.

Reasonable Rules in Mobile Home Parks and Floating Home Facilities

A landlord of a mobile home park (also called a manufactured dwelling facility) or floating home facility must provide rules and regulations for the rented space and other facilities. Find out more here.

Reasonable Rules in Mobile Home Parks and Floating Home Facilities

A landlord of a mobile home park (also called a manufactured dwelling facility) or floating home facility must provide rules and regulations for the rented space and other facilities. Find out more here.

Rights of a Mobile Home Owner Threatened with Eviction from a Mobile Home Park

People who own their mobile homes and rent only their space in a mobile home park have certain rights when a landlord threatens to evict them. Find out more here.

Rights and Duties of Landlords

Overview of the rights and duties of Oregon landlords.

Rights and Duties of Tenants

Overview of the rights and duties of Oregon tenants.

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