ORS 105.113¹
Form of summons

(1) Notwithstanding ORCP 7, for premises to which ORS chapter 90 or ORS 91.120 (Eviction of employee) applies, the summons must be in substantially the following form and be available from the court clerk:



No. _____

PLAINTIFF (Landlord or agent):




DEFENDANT (Tenants/Occupants):



TO: _______________(Street address and city of property occupied by defendant)

_______________(Mailing address if different)


ON_________, 2_____ AT _____ A.M./P.M., you must come to the County Court House located at_________. You do not have to pay any fees to the court for this first hearing.

•If you do not appear in court and your landlord does, your landlord will win automatically and can have the Sheriff physically remove you.

•If you do show up in court and your landlord does not, this eviction action will be dropped.

•If both of you show up:

•The judge may ask you to try to reach an agreement with your landlord, but this is voluntary. Trained mediators may be available free of charge to help resolve disputes.

•The court will schedule a trial if you and your landlord do not reach an agreement or if you do not agree to move out.


•Show up in court at the time scheduled above;

•On the same day, file an Answer with the Court giving a legal reason why you should not be evicted (the Court can give you a form);

•Give a copy of the Answer to your landlord (or your landlord’s agent or attorney); and

•Pay a filing fee of $_____ (the judge may allow payment to be deferred in certain circumstances).

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, YOU SHOULD SEE AN ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY. If you need help finding an attorney, you can contact the Oregon State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service online at www.oregonstatebar.org or by calling 503-684-3763 (in the Portland metropolitan area) or toll-free elsewhere in Oregon at 800-452-7636.


Signature of Plaintiff (landlord or agent)

Plaintiff’s address:



Plaintiff’s telephone number: _________


(2) Except as provided in ORS 408.515 (Information to be included with certain documents related to real property) (3), the information required under ORS 408.515 (Information to be included with certain documents related to real property) must be included with the summons. [2001 c.596 §8; 2011 c.398 §4; 2017 c.252 §26; 2019 c.405 §4]

Notes of Decisions

First appropriate opportunity for defendant to allege right to attorney fees is at first appearance before trial court. Oakleaf Mobile Home Park v. Mancilla, 189 Or App 458, 75 P3d 908 (2003), Sup Ct review denied

Notes of Decisions

Provisions for early trial, posting of security for accruing rent during continuance and restric­tion of triable issues do not violate Due Process or Equal Protec­tion clauses of federal constitu­tion. Lindsey v. Normet, 405 US 56, 92 S Ct 862, 31 L Ed 36 (1972)

Proceedings under the Oregon forcible entry and detainer law, including pro­ceed­ings against nonresident defendants, are not subject to the general statutes relating to service of process. Lexton-Ancira, Inc. v. Kay, 269 Or 1, 522 P2d 875 (1974)

A forcible entry and detainer pro­ceed­ing is a “local ac­tion” for choice of law purposes. Fry v. D.H. Overmyer Co., 269 Or 281, 525 P2d 140 (1974)

the Defendant Did not State Good Affirmative Defenses By Alleging

a viola­tion of public policy forbidding a franchisor to refuse to renew a franchise except for good cause; A “retaliatory evic­tion” for a refusal to engage in improper business practices; and an implied agree­ment to renew based upon con­duct and prior dealings. William C. Cornitius, Inc., v. Wheeler, 276 Or 747, 556 P2d 666 (1976)

In forcible entry and detainer ac­tion to recover pos­ses­sion of commercial prop­erty, claim for attorney fees could not be litigated. Grove v. The Hindquarter Corp., 45 Or App 781, 609 P2d 840 (1980)

In forcible entry and detainer ac­tion for pos­ses­sion of commercial premises, landlords could not recover attorney fees. Owen J. Jones & Son, Inc. v. Gospodinovic, 46 Or App 101, 610 P2d 1238 (1980)

Equitable de­fense may be raised in FED pro­ceed­ing. Rose v. Webster, 51 Or App 293, 625 P2d 1329 (1981)

In FED ac­tion to recover commercial prop­erty, defendant cannot assert counterclaim unless counterclaim is authorized by statute. Class v. Carter, 293 Or 147, 645 P2d 536 (1982)

Law Review Cita­tions

16 WLR 291 (1979)

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 (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 105, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano105.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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