2017 ORS 105.005¹
Right of action
  • recovery
  • damages

(1) Any person who has a legal estate in real property and a present right to the possession of the property, may recover possession of the property, with damages for withholding possession, by an action at law. The action shall be commenced against the person in the actual possession of the property at the time, or if the property is not in the actual possession of anyone, then against the person acting as the owner of the property.

(2) In an action brought under subsection (1) of this section or in a separate action for damages only, a person who, throughout the vesting period, used or occupied land of another with the honest and objectively reasonable belief that the person was the actual legal owner of the land shall not be liable for:

(a) Double or treble damages under ORS 105.810 (Treble damages for injury to or removal of produce, trees or shrubs) (1) to (3) or 105.815 (When double damages are awarded for trespass); or

(b) The value of the use or occupation of the land by the person throughout the vesting period. [Amended by 1989 c.1069 §2; 1991 c.109 §1; 1999 c.544 §3]

Notes of Decisions

The plaintiffs, purchasers under a land sale contract, had only an equitable interest in the prop­erty and could not maintain an ac­tion for eject­ment against the owners of the fee. Buschman v. Paull, 278 Or 141, 563 P2d 1197 (1977)

Chapter 105

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Private process server in a forcible entry and detainer ac­tion, (1975) Vol 37, p 869

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 105—Property Rights, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors105.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 105, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano105.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.