2013 ORS § 90.485¹
Restrictions on landlord removal of vehicle
  • exceptions

(1) A landlord may have a motor vehicle removed from the premises only in compliance with this section and either ORS 98.810 (Unauthorized parking of vehicle on proscribed property prohibited) to 98.818 (Preference of lien) or ORS 98.830 (Towing abandoned vehicle from private property), 98.835 (Immunity from civil liability for towing abandoned vehicle) and 98.840 (Towing vehicle alternative to procedure in ORS 98.810 to 98.818).

(2) Except as provided in ORS 90.425 (Disposition of personal property abandoned by tenant) regarding abandoned vehicles, a landlord may have a motor vehicle removed from the premises without notice to the owner or operator of the vehicle only if the vehicle:

(a) Blocks or prevents access by emergency vehicles;

(b) Blocks or prevents entry to the premises;

(c) Violates a prominently posted parking prohibition;

(d) Blocks or is unlawfully parked in a space reserved for persons with disabilities;

(e) Is parked in an area not intended for motor vehicles including, but not limited to, sidewalks, lawns and landscaping;

(f) Is parked in a space reserved for tenants but is not assigned to a tenant and does not display a parking tag or other device, as provided by subsection (3) of this section; or

(g) Is parked in a specific space assigned to a tenant, as provided by subsection (4) of this section.

(3) A landlord may have a motor vehicle removed from the premises under subsection (2)(f) of this section only if the landlord:

(a) Provides parking tags or other devices that identify vehicles that are authorized to be parked on the premises;

(b) Provides a tenant with parking tags or other devices to be used on a vehicle other than the tenants primary vehicle if the tenant wants to park a vehicle on the premises in lieu of the tenants primary vehicle; and

(c) Enters into written agreements with the owners or operators of vehicles authorized to park on the premises that:

(A) Authorize the landlord to have a vehicle removed from the premises without notice for failing to display the parking tag, sticker or other device;

(B) Unless the information is disclosed on prominent signs posted on the premises, disclose to the owners or operators of authorized vehicles the name, address and contact information of the tow company that is authorized to remove vehicles from the premises; and

(C) Specify whether guest parking is allowed and, if guest parking is allowed, describe methods for identifying guest parking spaces or identifying authorized guest vehicles.

(4) If a landlord assigns a specific parking space to a tenant, the landlord may have a vehicle towed under subsection (2)(g) of this section from the assigned parking space only with the agreement of the tenant at the time of the tow. The landlord may not require the tenant to agree to towing.

(5) If guest parking is allowed, the landlord shall post a sign in each designated guest parking space that is clearly readable by an operator of motor vehicle and that specifies any rules, restrictions or limitations on parking in the designated guest parking space.

(6) A landlord may have a motor vehicle that is inoperable, but otherwise parked in compliance with an agreement between the landlord and the owner or operator of the vehicle, removed from the premises if the landlord affixes a prominent notice to the vehicle stating that the vehicle will be towed if the vehicle is not removed or otherwise brought into compliance with the agreement. The landlord must affix the notice required by this subsection at least 72 hours before the vehicle may be removed.

(7) A landlord may not have a motor vehicle removed under this section because the vehicles registration has expired or is otherwise invalid.

(8) This section does not:

(a) Apply to a landlord of a facility.

(b) Affect the obligations imposed on a landlord under ORS 98.810 (Unauthorized parking of vehicle on proscribed property prohibited) to 98.818 (Preference of lien) or under ORS 98.830 (Towing abandoned vehicle from private property), 98.835 (Immunity from civil liability for towing abandoned vehicle) and 98.840 (Towing vehicle alternative to procedure in ORS 98.810 to 98.818). [2007 c.565 §2; 2009 c.622 §4]