The laws on renters and their property are often murky, so let’s take a look at some of the most frequently used laws and how they work.1.
Renters may not use the Internet to sell their property.
Oregon law prohibits the use of any Internet service to sell or rent property.2.
Renting a car may not be used to resell the vehicle.
A person may not rent a car from a person they know is renting the car and then resell that car to another person.3.
Rentals may not include anything that could be considered an investment.
A tenant may not buy, rent, sell, or trade real estate for money, but may sell, rent or trade a car, truck, boat, van, or other type of vehicle.4.
Rented property may not have a mortgage.
The law does not specifically forbid renting property with a mortgage, but it is generally illegal to rent a property without a mortgage and has a long history of abuse.5.
Rentors must register with the state and pay taxes on their property when they rent it.
In many cases, landlords register with their county or city and then collect the required taxes.6.
Landlords must maintain their properties as safe as possible.
Rent and lease laws prohibit landlords from allowing their tenants to bring firearms onto their properties, but landlords can take other precautions to protect themselves and their tenants.7.
Landlord-tenant agreements may not prohibit tenants from keeping their pets on their premises.
A landlord can still prohibit tenants to keep pets on the property, but the law requires a tenant to maintain a pet-proofing system.8.
A rental agreement cannot be cancelled.
Landowners cannot cancel a rental agreement if it’s been renewed or if a new tenant enters the rental property.9.
Landlording is not a crime in Oregon.
In Oregon, it is a civil right.
A civil rights violation can result in a civil fine of up to $500.10.
Rent-seeking may be illegal.
A criminal conviction may result in jail time or fines.
The statute of limitations for civil or criminal violations of Oregon’s rent-seeking laws is two years.11.
Land owners may not evict tenants without a court order.
In some cases, a landlord can ask a court to evict a tenant without a hearing.12.
Landmark land use may not go on the market for more than a year.
If a city or county wants to develop an area or expand an existing park or a playground, the property owner must obtain an easement from the landowner.13.
Land-use districts in Oregon must consider land values when determining the number of units in a parcel.
Land use districts are used to provide zoning in certain parcels.14.
The Oregon Department of Justice has set up a website that collects and analyzes statistics on property-related offenses.
If you have a question or need more information, contact the Oregon Department in your state.