Legal Department

The Legal Department area helps landlords and property managers keep up with the ever-changing government regulation at the local, state and national level.

Property Management Company to Pay Tenants $300,000 to Settle Eviction Moratorium Lawsuit

Portland Landlords Lose First Round In Suit Against Relocation Ordinance

A judge has ruled in Circuit Court in Portland against landlords who had challenged the city’s relocation ordinance passed earlier this year.Judge Henry Breithaupt, a tax court judge sitting in Circuit Court, upheld the...

Rent Control And No Cause Evictions Bill Dies In Senate

Controversial legislation to remove the state-wide ban on rent control in Oregon and to set new rules for no-cause evictions has died in the Oregon Senate, according to reports. The bill, HB 2004 , passed...

Man Who Shot Portland Property Managers Sentenced to 13 Years

A man who shot two employees working as property managers at the Cascadian Terrace Apartments in Portland during an eviction last December has been sentenced to 13 and a half years in prison, according...

First in Time Lawsuit: Yim et al. v. City of Seattle

By Evan L. Loeffler The First in Time lawsuit continues. The City of Seattle filed an answer to the plaintiffs’ complaint in early April essentially denying all relevant allegations and claiming the matter should not...

3 Ways Property Managers Can Protect Themselves From Potentially Violent Tenants

What property managers and owners can learn from the shooting last year of two property managers in Portland following the eviction of a tenant. By John Triplett The two property managers who were shot by a...

How Much Do You Know About Atypical Evictions?

Atypical evictions can happen when landlords and property managers have to deal with the issue of unmarried co-tenants and roommates, sometimes on the lease and sometimes not on the lease. When things do not work...

Two Property Managers Shot During Eviction At Portland Apartments

Two property managers for Community Development Partners, working at the Cascadian Terrace Apartments in Portland, were shot and wounded by a tenant during an eviction “due to behavioral issues” in late December. Both managers, a...

HUD Charges Utah Landlord With Discrimination Over Pet Policy

An owner and manager of a Salt Lake City apartment complex have been charged with discrimination by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over failing to rent to a tenant who had...
Justice Department Sues Owner, Manager of Rental Properties for Sexual Harassment of Female Tenant

Not Renting To Felons Is Racist, Says Washington AG

The State of Washington’s attorney general’s office has filed another consent decree against a landlord for illegally discriminating against potential tenants who are felons, according to news reports. A recent court filing indicates that the...

HUD Seeks to End Discrimination Against Tenants with Criminal Records

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published guidelines in April, 2016, for the proper consideration of applicants’ criminal records when considering them for housing.  HUD notes that because a disproportionate amount...