Landlord and Tenant

Student Legal Services assists in landlord-tenant matters in Oregon provided the opposing party is not also a Portland State University student. We can meet with you to discuss you landlord-tenant matter during our drop in hours, which are posted on our drop ins web page. You may also call our office at 503-725-4556 to inquire about an appointment.

Common landlord-tenant issues include:

  1. Evictions
  2. Security deposit withholdings
  3. Habitability issues
  4. Issues regarding payment of utilities
  5. Discriminatory eviction and
  6. Essential services (heat,water, pest-infestations, etc.)

Student Legal Services has also developed an extensive Landlord-Tenant Law Handbook for students, hard copies of which are available to students free of charge in our office.

For additional information and answers to general Landlord-Tenant Law questions, as well as links to other community resources, please visit our Additional Information - Landlord-Tenant Law page.

If you are renting a home or apartment that is currently going through the foreclosure process, please visit our Tenant's Rights in Foreclosure web page.

Please remember to bring your lease. A lease is an enforceable contract and it is extremely difficult to give accurate legal advice without knowing what the landlord and tenant have agreed to.

For more information about the Portland Renter Protections Ordinance please use the following link: