The only legal way to force you out of your home is for the landlord to go to court and get an order that requires you to leave. If the landlord locks you out, tell the landlord that it is illegal and ask to be let back into your home. If this doesn’t work, see if you can get in through a window or another door. If the landlord refuses to let you back in and you cannot get in on your own, you can call the police. They will sometimes help. They may say that it is a civil dispute and that they will not help you. If so, contact a lawyer.
If your landlord unlawfully changes the locks, shuts off the power or other utilities, makes serious threats or attempts to shut off your utilities, or takes other out-of-court action to force you to move, you may file a lawsuit to get an order so that you can return to your home. You can also sue for damages in the amount of two months’ rent or twice your actual damages, whichever is more. You may also sue for another month’s rent or actual damages if the landlord entered your home illegally (for example, to change the locks). This lawsuit can include damages for emotional distress causing loss of sleep, inability to eat, and other interference with your ability to use the rental unit. ORS 90.375. See the Time Limit Warning above.
See the resource ‘UtilityFees’ on this website for information about additional rights that you have if the landlord doesn’t pay utility bills that the landlord is supposed to pay.