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Additional Resources - Landlord-Tenant Law

Student Legal Services Materials:

(These materials do not constitute legal advice.  Students who are confronted with legal problems, or who need specific advice are encouraged to consult with a licensed attorney, and/or contact Student Legal Services.)

Online and Community Resources:

Housing Discrimination:

Fair Housing Council of Oregon - "A nonprofit civil rights organization driven to eliminate illegal housing discrimination through enforcement and education across Oregon and southwest Washington."

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - "The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) administers and enforces federal laws and establishes policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice."  This website contains a great deal of information about housing discrimination and complaints processes, as well as contact information for their local office. 

Bureau of Labor Industries - BOLI's mission is to "protect the rights of workers and citizens to equal, non-discriminatory treatment through the enforcement of anti-discrimination laws that apply to workplaces, housing and public accommodations.  Encourage and enforce compliance with state wages and hour laws and terms and conditions of employment.  Educate and train employers to understand and comply with both wage and hour and civil rights law.  Promote the development of a highly skilled, competitive workforce in Oregon through apprenticeship programs and partnerships with business, government, labor and educational institutions."  A complaint may be filed with BOLI if you feel you have experienced discrimination in the rental, sale, or lease of property.

Renters' Rights:

Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) -  "The Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) is Oregon’s only statewide, grassroots, tenant-controlled, tenant-rights organization.  CAT educates, organizes and develops the leadership of low-income tenants to directly challenge unjust housing policies and practices."  The website contains a wealth of renters' rights information, and CAT has a renter's rights hotline at: (503) 288-0130 to answer questions.

Renters and Foreclosure:

NOLO Press Article -  "Renters in Foreclosure: What are Their Rights?"

Other General Landlord-Tenant Law Resources:

Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 90 - Residential Landlord-Tenant Laws of Oregon.

  1. ORS 90.100(22): "Landlord means the owner, lessor, or sublessor of the dwelling."  For example, if one sublets to a friend without the friend actually signing a lease, one becomes the landlod and must follow all of the requirements set forth in Chapter 90. - Free legal resource website managed by Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) containing information about a wide-range of housing issues, including: getting back your security deposit, moving out and wrongful eviction, and retaliation and wrongful entry by landlords.  LASO's Portland Regional Office can be contacted at 503.224.4086.  LASO has a Multnomah County Housing Hotline Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at 503.295.2237.

NOLO Press Renters' & Tenants' Rights Page - Contains a great deal of general information about a variety of issues facing renters and tenants.

Financial Literacy Materials

Renter's Insurance.pdf

Roommates and Money.pdf