Eviction Attorney - Paul Heatherman
Avoid expensive legal judgments by hiring a Landlord-Tenant lawyer, NOT a real estate attorney.Rental properties are generally a smart investment until the tenant turns into a nightmare. Unfortunately, it is quite common that a tenant fails to pay rent. Once this happens, Oregon law is strict about the types of notices required, and the manner in which they are delivered to the tenant.
Oregon has enacted more restrictions against landlords, which limits their rights to evict. These restrictions were put into place in 2019, even before Covid-19 erupted. Covid-19 has brought about additional restrictions and procedures. And several changes continue to occur.
Drafting issues also arise in the filing of the complaint necessary to move forward with formal eviction. Any technical errors in this process could result in a dismissal of the landlord's lawsuit - plus a large attorney fee bill incurred by the tenant, and imposed against the landlord.
As a landlord, it is quite frustrating to file a complaint against the tenant, only to have it dismissed, which allows the tenant to remain in possession (while still not paying the rent), and worse, to write a check to the tenant's attorney for thousands of dollars. This happens far too often.
This does not even delve into the additional danger of a tenant filing counterclaims against the landlord, for habitability violations, retaliation, harassment, etc.