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Landlord Rights and Remedies After HB 4213: A Path Forward What Can I do now?

Landlord Rights and Remedies After HB 4213: A Path Forward

Landlord rights and what is available now that HB 4213 has been approved by the Oregon legislature. Bradley S. Kraus Attorney at Law, Warren Allen, LLP Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many inquiries I received from clients can...
New Seattle Ordinance Attempts to Limit Tenants’ Personal Liability in Commercial Leases

New Seattle Ordinance Attempts to Limit Tenants’ Personal Liability in Commercial Leases

Impact on landlords of new Seattle ordinance to limit tenants’ personal liability in commercial leases.  By John Fandel and Nathan Luce Stoel Rives llp The Seattle City Council passed a new ordinance recently, attempting to limit personal...
What Is A Landlord to Do in These Difficult Times

What Is A Landlord to Do in These Difficult Times?

What is a landlord to do in these difficult times dealing with covid-19, moratoriums from city, state and federal governments along with rent not coming in regularly from tenants. Here are some thoughts from...
Emotional support dog - Landlord must pay tenant whose allergies were triggered by neighbor's emotional support dog

Landlord Must Pay Tenant Allergic to Neighbor’s Emotional Support Dog

A court has ruled that a landlord caught in a “pickle” must pay a tenant with dog allergies the value of one month’s rent because a nearby apartment was leased to another tenant with...
Oregon Supreme Court Will Review Portland Relocation Ordinance

Landlords to Appeal Rent Control Case to Oregon Supreme Court

Portland landlords plan to appeal to the Oregon Supreme Court after losing the appeal of the Portland rent control ordinance in the Oregon Court of Appeals. John DiLorenzo, attorney for the landlords who filed suit,...
How Some Innovative Services Can Get Property Managers In Trouble in Oregon

How Some Innovative Services Can Get Property Managers In Trouble in Oregon

Property managers can get in trouble in Oregon with some innovative services due to the archaic Oregon Landlord/Tenant Act attorney Brad Kraus points out this month. Bradley S. Kraus Attorney at Law, Warren Allen, LLP With the COVID-19...
Lawmakers Extend Oregon Eviction Moratorium Through End of September

Lawmakers Extend Oregon Eviction Moratorium Through End of September

Lawmakers have voted to extend the Oregon eviction moratorium for both residential and commercial properties through the end of September and give renters until March 31, 2021 to pay back rent. The legislature passed HB...
sexual harassment of female tenant

Justice Department Sues Owner, Manager of Rental Properties for Sexual Harassment of Female Tenant

The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit alleging that the owner and manager of rental properties in Davenport, Iowa violated the Fair Housing Act by subjecting a female tenant to sexual harassment and retaliation,...
Property Management Companies, Others Sue Seattle Over Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone

Property Management Companies, Others Sue Seattle Over Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone

Property management companies in Seattle and other businesses have filed a class-action suit in federal court against the City of Seattle over the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), claiming the city “enabled the widespread...
Lawsuit Seeks To Allow Landlords To Start Evicting Tenants

Lawsuit Seeks To Allow Landlords To Start Evicting Tenants

A lawsuit has been filed in California that seeks to overturn an emergency order that prohibits landlords from evicting tenants who can pay rent but refuse, or who create a nuisance or safety hazard,...