Limits on Overnight Guests
A Clackamas County trial judge’s opinion highlights a problem that landlords face when trying to establish reasonable – and enforceable – limits on the number of overnights that any one guest may spend at a tenant’s home. The case involved a mobile home park landlord who filed an eviction case because the tenant was allowing her adult son and his girlfriend to stay in the tenant’s home without park approval. The park is a “55 or older” facility, and neither the son or girlfri
Landlord-Tenant Laws: California and Oregon Presentation - Mark L. Busch
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Security Responsibilities as a Landlord
Question “What’s my responsibility for security at my rental properties?” Answer The basic rule is that a landlord is required to provide rental premises that are “kept in every part safe for normal and reasonably foreseeable uses.” Practically speaking, this means that if you know about a particular danger or threat of danger, as a landlord you must take reasonable steps to reduce or eliminate that danger. The real question of course is what are the “reasonable steps” to ta
When Tenants Leave Belongings Behind
If you are a residential landlord, you cannot take or keep any of a tenant’s belongings until the rental agreement has ended. If you wrongfully take a tenant’s personal belongings while the tenant is still legally renting from you, you may be liable for damages and your actions may relieve the tenant of liability for unpaid rent or other kinds of claims you might have. After a rental agreement has ended, however, you have the right to dispose of a tenant’s abandoned personal
Unauthorized RV Occupants
Question We have a couple of situations with unauthorized RV occupants in our park. The first is an RV tenant who has moved in a person who we consider to be a nuisance – she has been yelling at other residents. The second situation is a nice lady who has moved in a boyfriend – he seems okay but still hasn’t been approved. In both cases, they have ignored our requests to fill out a rental application. We use MHCO Form 80 (RV Space Rental Agreement). Is there anything in
Tenant vs. Tenant Disputes: Do I Have to Intervene?
Scenario A Landlord owns several adjacent rental units with multiple tenants, such as an apartment complex, a duplex, or a mobile home park. Problem Two neighboring tenants have an ongoing dispute, which has led to several reported arguments between them and complaints to you as the landlord from both of them about the other. Issue: Do you as the landlord intervene in their dispute, and if so, how? Answer The usual answer is “yes,” you should intervene in the dispute. As a l
What’s The Quickest Way to Get a Tenant Out of My RV Park?
Question I own a decent-sized RV park with quite a few long-term tenants living there, but with also a few seasonal guests and overnighters. I have one tenant in particular who is constantly abrasive towards other tenants and guests (for example, walking thru the park and telling people that they need to fix their awnings, stack their firewood in a certain way, etc.). He has no qualms about interjecting himself in other people’s conversations even when his input is clearly
My Tenant Owes Me Money!
Predictably, one of the most common questions my clients ask is “how do I collect money that my tenant owes?” If the rent is past-due for the current month, the answer is a 72-hour rent nonpayment notice. Assuming the notice is properly prepared and served, the tenant has until the deadline in the notice to pay the rent in full. If the tenant doesn’t pay, you can file an eviction case. But even after you file an eviction, there is no guarantee that you’ll get paid. While most
Landlords: Should You Allow Subletting?
Residential landlords are increasingly faced with the prospect that their tenants are subletting their rental units. Subletting can take many forms – roommates, girlfriends/boyfriends,unauthorized family members, short-term vacation rental services, etc. In many cases this happens without the landlord’s knowledge. When it is happening with your knowledge, should you allow it? My typical advice to clients is “no,” do not allow any type of subletting arrangement. There are a nu