2011 ORS § 100.220¹
Liabilities and obligations arising from transfer of special declarant right
  • exemptions

(1) As used in this section, affiliate means any person who controls a transferor or successor declarant, is controlled by a transferor or successor declarant or is under common control with a transferor or successor declarant. A person controls or is controlled by a transferor or successor declarant if the person:

(a) Is a general partner, officer, director or employee;

(b) Directly or indirectly or acting in concert with one or more other persons, or through one or more subsidiaries, owns, controls, holds with power to vote, or holds proxies representing more than 20 percent of the voting interests of the transferor or successor declarant;

(c) Controls in any manner the election of a majority of the directors; or

(d) Has contributed more than 20 percent of the capital of the transferor or successor declarant.

(2) Upon the transfer of any special declarant right, the liabilities and obligations of a transferor are as follows:

(a) A transferor is not relieved of any obligation or liability arising before the transfer and remains liable for warranty obligations imposed under ORS 100.185 (Express warranties). Lack of privity does not deprive any unit owner of standing to bring an action to enforce any obligation of the transferor.

(b) If a transferor retains any special declarant right, or if a successor declarant is an affiliate of the transferor, the transferor is subject to liability for all obligations and liabilities imposed on a declarant by the provisions of this chapter or by the declaration or bylaws arising after the transfer and is jointly and severally liable with the successor declarant for the liabilities and obligations of the successor declarant that relate to the special declarant rights.

(c) A transferor who does not retain special declarant rights does not have an obligation or liability for an act or omission or for a breach of a contractual or warranty obligation arising from the exercise of a special declarant right by a successor declarant who is not an affiliate of the transferor.

(3) Upon transfer of any special declarant right, the liabilities and obligations of a successor declarant are as follows:

(a) A successor declarant who is an affiliate of the transferor is subject to all obligations and liabilities imposed on a declarant by the provisions of this chapter or by the declaration or bylaws.

(b) A successor declarant who is not an affiliate of the transferor is not liable for any misrepresentations or warranties made or required to be made, including without limitation warranties required under ORS 100.185 (Express warranties), by the declarant or previous successor declarant or for any breach of fiduciary obligation by such person. Such a successor declarant, however, shall:

(A) Comply with any provisions of the declaration and bylaws which pertain to such successor declarants ownership of the unit or units and the exercise of any special declarant right;

(B) Comply with the provisions of ORS 100.015 (Rules) and 100.635 (Filing with commissioner) to 100.910 (Use of fees) in connection with the sale of any unit or units, except as provided in ORS 100.665 (Exemption to certain disclosure and notice requirements); and

(C) Give the warranties described in ORS 100.185 (Express warranties) only with respect to common elements or units constructed by the successor declarant. [Formerly 94.097; 2011 c.532 §8]