After the tenant has lived in the home for one year or more, a landlord can terminate a tenancy with 90 days’ notice by giving the tenant a notice for one of these four “landlord-based” reasons:
1. The landlord intends to either demolish the unit or use the unit for something other than a residence;
2. The landlord intends to make repairs or renovations to the unit, and the property will be unsafe to live in;
3. The landlord or landlord’s immediate family member plans to move in and the landlord does not own a comparable unit in the same building that is available for the tenant to move into at the time the tenant receives the notice; or
4. The landlord has accepted an offer to buy the rental unit from someone who plans to move in.
There are no other “landlord-based” reasons allowed than the above four. A landlord can give a Landlord Reason Notice to tenants with either a month to month rental agreement or a fixed term lease, but the landlord cannot end the tenancy in the middle of the fixed term lease.
Sufficiently State the Reason: All Landlord Reason Notices must explain in the Notice the landlord reason for termination and state facts to support the reason. If the landlord’s reason is that they have accepted an offer to buy the rental unit, the notice must be given no more than 120 days from the date the landlord accepted the offer and the notice must also include written evidence of the offer. If the Notice does not explain the landlord reason and/or state specific facts to support the reason, that is a defense to the eviction.
Payment of Relocation Assistance: At the time the landlord gives the tenant a Landlord Reason Notice, the landlord must also pay the tenant one month’s rent as relocation assistance unless the landlord owns four or fewer rental units.
A tenant who lives in the City of Portland and receives a Landlord Reason Notice may be entitled to more relocation assistance than one month’s rent from their landlord. Discuss your situation with an attorney. You may want to contact Legal Aid Services of Oregon at (503) 224-4086.