Whenever you are offering short term housing, or looking for corporate housing, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the most important rental regulations and laws in Portland, Oregon. It is important for landlords who are offering Portland corporate housing to remember that even though they may be offering short term rentals, the same laws will apply.
Landlord Disclosure Laws in Oregon
When renting out housing in Portland, it is important that the landlord make certain things clear and understandable to their tenants before they move into the property. Let’s look at the most important disclosures the landlord needs to make.
The written rules by the landlord cannot include tenant fees except for certain events, such as noted by Ore. Rev. Stat. §30.701(5); “failure to clean up pet waste, garbage, and rubbish (outside tenant’s dwelling unit); parking violations and improper use of vehicles within the premises; smoking in a designated nonsmoking area; keeping an unauthorized pet capable of inflicting damage on persons or property; and tampering or disabling a smoke detector.”
The landlord also needs to let the tenant know the name of the people who are authorized to manage the property and act on the behalf of the owner for the Portland corporate housing. The landlord also needs to let the tenant know which utilities the tenant will pay directly, as well as which utilities are covered by the landlord. For example, in some short-term housing, the landlord will be responsible for paying the water and trash bill, while the tenant may be responsible for the electricity. Additionally, the landlord needs to let the tenants know about the smoking policy and tell them whether they are permitted to smoke anywhere on the premises.
What Is the Tenant’s Right to Withhold?
Tenants have the right to rental property that meets their basic needs. It needs to be structurally sound and a healthy and safe environment without ongoing and unattended to maintenance issues. If the landlord does not meet these needs, the renters have the right to withhold the rent until the repairs are made. They also have the right to repair the issues on their own by hiring a repair person for serious issues, and then deduct that cost from the rent. Of course, there are certain rules to this. The renter needs to give the landlord notice, and there are limits on the amount that is deductible, which can vary based on the issue. Ore. Rev. Stat. § 90.365 goes into great detail on the regulations regarding withholding.
Security Deposit Limit and Return
Most of the time a lease, even for Portland corporate housing, will require a security deposit. It is possible to go through CorporateHousingbyOwner and pay for a specialized form of insurance that can negate the need for the security deposit. In other cases, the landlord will charge a security deposit for the short term housing. It is typically the same amount as a month’s worth of rent and will cover damage that goes beyond the typical wear and tear that any property accrues. There is not a limit on the amount of money a landlord can charge a tenant in Oregon.
When the tenant moves out of the unit, they will typically have the security deposit returned to them. However, there are exceptions to this rule. If there is unpaid rent, damage beyond normal wear and tear, and breaches of the lease, the landlord may keep all or part of the deposit to take care of the issues caused by the tenant.
Other Rental Rules in Portland, Oregon
In Oregon, there are restrictions on the right of the landlord to access the Portland corporate housing they are renting out. They need to provide at a notice at least 24 hours in advance of when they will arrive.
If a tenant violates clauses in a lease repeatedly, the landlord can provide them with an unconditional quite notice, which means they need to move out within a certain timeframe. In Oregon, the time to move out before the landlord can file for eviction is currently 24 hours. Some of the reasons a landlord may need to send an unconditional quite notice is for violence, threats of violence, applying with false information, or intentionally causing substantial property damage.
These are some of the most important laws and regulations that landlords and tenants of Portland corporate housing should remember. Of course, there are a number of other regulations as well, and it’s always a good idea to work with a consultant for renting out properties or a relocation company, if you are a renter, so you can get all of the details before you make your move. Additionally, laws change on occasion, so it’s always in your best interest to speak with someone in the know when you are renting out your short term housing or looking for a place to stay.