2007 ORS 90.680¹
Sale of dwelling or home on rented space
  • duties and rights of seller, prospective purchaser and landlord

(1) A landlord may not deny any manufactured dwelling or floating home space tenant the right to sell a manufactured dwelling or floating home on a rented space or require the tenant to remove the dwelling or home from the space solely on the basis of the sale.

(2) The landlord may not exact a commission or fee for the sale of a manufactured dwelling or floating home on a rented space unless the landlord has acted as agent for the seller pursuant to written contract.

(3) The landlord may not deny the tenant the right to place a "for sale" sign on or in a manufactured dwelling or floating home owned by the tenant. The size, placement and character of such signs shall be subject to reasonable rules of the landlord.

(4) If the prospective purchaser of a manufactured dwelling or floating home desires to leave the dwelling or home on the rented space and become a tenant, the landlord may require in the rental agreement:

(a) Except when a termination or abandonment occurs, that a tenant give not more than 10 days’ notice in writing prior to the sale of the dwelling or home on a rented space;

(b) That prior to the sale, the prospective purchaser submit to the landlord a complete and accurate written application for occupancy of the dwelling or home as a tenant after the sale is finalized and that a prospective purchaser may not occupy the dwelling or home until after the prospective purchaser is accepted by the landlord as a tenant;

(c) That a tenant give notice to any lienholder, prospective purchaser or person licensed to sell dwellings or homes of the requirements of paragraphs (b) and (d) of this subsection, the location of all properly functioning smoke alarms and any other rules and regulations of the facility such as those described in ORS 90.510 (Statement of policy) (5)(b), (f), (h) and (i); and

(d) If the sale is not by a lienholder, that the prospective purchaser pay in full all rents, fees, deposits or charges owed by the tenant as authorized under ORS 90.140 (Types of payments landlord may require or accept) and the rental agreement, prior to the landlord’s acceptance of the prospective purchaser as a tenant.

(5) If a landlord requires a prospective purchaser to submit an application for occupancy as a tenant under subsection (4) of this section, at the time that the landlord gives the prospective purchaser an application the landlord shall also give the prospective purchaser copies of the statement of policy, the rental agreement and the facility rules and regulations, including any conditions imposed on a subsequent sale, all as provided by ORS 90.510 (Statement of policy). The terms of the statement, rental agreement and rules and regulations need not be the same as those in the selling tenant’s statement, rental agreement and rules and regulations.

(6) The following apply if a landlord receives an application for tenancy from a prospective purchaser under subsection (4) of this section:

(a) The landlord shall accept or reject the prospective purchaser’s application within seven days following the day the landlord receives a complete and accurate written application. An application is not complete until the prospective purchaser pays any required applicant screening charge and provides the landlord with all information and documentation, including any financial data and references, required by the landlord pursuant to ORS 90.510 (Statement of policy) (5)(h). The landlord and the prospective purchaser may agree to a longer time period for the landlord to evaluate the prospective purchaser’s application or to allow the prospective purchaser to address any failure to meet the landlord’s screening or admission criteria. If a tenant has not previously given the landlord the 10 days’ notice required under subsection (4)(a) of this section, the period provided for the landlord to accept or reject a complete and accurate written application is extended to 10 days.

(b) The landlord may not unreasonably reject a prospective purchaser as a tenant. Reasonable cause for rejection includes, but is not limited to, failure of the prospective purchaser to meet the landlord’s conditions for approval as provided in ORS 90.510 (Statement of policy) (5)(h) or failure of the prospective purchaser’s references to respond to the landlord’s timely request for verification within the time allowed for acceptance or rejection under paragraph (a) of this subsection. Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this subsection, the landlord shall furnish to the seller and purchaser a written statement of the reasons for the rejection.

(c) If a rejection under paragraph (b) of this subsection is based upon a consumer report, as defined in 15 U.S.C. 1681a for purposes of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, the landlord may not disclose the contents of the report to anyone other than the purchaser. The landlord shall disclose to the seller in writing that the rejection is based upon information contained within a consumer report and that the landlord may not disclose the information within the report.

(7) The following apply if a landlord does not require a prospective purchaser to submit an application for occupancy as a tenant under subsection (4) of this section or if the landlord does not accept or reject the prospective purchaser as a tenant within the time required under subsection (6) of this section:

(a) The landlord waives any right to bring an action against the tenant under the rental agreement for breach of the landlord’s right to establish conditions upon and approve a prospective purchaser of the tenant’s dwelling or home;

(b) The prospective purchaser, upon completion of the sale, may occupy the dwelling or home as a tenant under the same conditions and terms as the tenant who sold the dwelling or home; and

(c) If the prospective purchaser becomes a new tenant, the landlord may impose conditions or terms on the tenancy that are inconsistent with the terms and conditions of the seller’s rental agreement only if the new tenant agrees in writing.

(8) A landlord may not, because of the age, size, style or original construction material of the dwelling or home or because the dwelling or home was built prior to adoption of the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5403), in compliance with the standards of that Act in effect at that time or in compliance with the state building code as defined in ORS 455.010 (Definitions for ORS chapter 455):

(a) Reject an application for tenancy from a prospective purchaser of an existing dwelling or home on a rented space within a facility; or

(b) Require a prospective purchaser of an existing dwelling or home on a rented space within a facility to remove the dwelling or home from the rented space.

(9) A tenant who has received a notice pursuant to ORS 90.632 (Termination of tenancy due to physical condition of manufactured dwelling or floating home) may sell the tenant’s dwelling or home in compliance with this section during the notice period. The tenant shall provide a prospective purchaser with a copy of any outstanding notice given pursuant to ORS 90.632 (Termination of tenancy due to physical condition of manufactured dwelling or floating home) prior to a sale. The landlord may also give any prospective purchaser a copy of any such notice. The landlord may require as a condition of tenancy that a prospective purchaser who desires to leave the dwelling or home on the rented space and become a tenant must comply with the notice within the notice period consistent with ORS 90.632 (Termination of tenancy due to physical condition of manufactured dwelling or floating home). If the tenancy has been terminated pursuant to ORS 90.632 (Termination of tenancy due to physical condition of manufactured dwelling or floating home), or the notice period provided in ORS 90.632 (Termination of tenancy due to physical condition of manufactured dwelling or floating home) has expired without a correction of cause or extension of time to correct, a prospective purchaser does not have a right to leave the dwelling or home on the rented space and become a tenant.

(10) Except as provided by subsection (9) of this section, after a tenancy has ended and during the period provided by ORS 90.675 (Disposition of manufactured dwelling or floating home left in facility) (6) and (8), a former tenant retains the right to sell the tenant’s dwelling or home to a purchaser who wishes to leave the dwelling or home on the rented space and become a tenant as provided by this section, if the former tenant makes timely periodic payment of all storage charges as provided by ORS 90.675 (Disposition of manufactured dwelling or floating home left in facility) (7)(b), maintains the dwelling or home and the rented space on which it is stored and enters the premises only with the written permission of the landlord. Payment of the storage charges or maintenance of the dwelling or home and the space does not create or reinstate a tenancy or create a waiver pursuant to ORS 90.412 (Waiver of termination of tenancy) or 90.417 (Duty to pay rent). A former tenant may not enter the premises without the written permission of the landlord, including entry to maintain the dwelling or home or the space or to facilitate a sale. [Formerly 91.890; 1991 c.844 §14; 1993 c.580 §6; 1997 c.577 §27c; 1999 c.676 §25; 1999 c.820 §2; 2003 c.658 §9; 2005 c.22 §68; 2007 c.906 §35]

Chapter 90

Notes of Decisions

The prevailing party in an ac­tion brought under this Act is entitled to attorney fees. Executive Manage­ment v. Juckett, 274 Or 515, 547 P2d 603 (1976)

Damages for mental distress are not recoverable under this Act. Ficker v. Diefenbach, 34 Or App 241, 578 P2d 467 (1978), as modified by 35 Or App 829, 578 P2d 467 (1978)

Where tenant terminates residential tenancy but then holds over wrongfully, landlord need not give any notice to tenant as prerequisite to maintaining ac­tion for pos­ses­sion. Skourtes v. Schaer, 36 Or App 659, 585 P2d 703 (1978), Sup Ct review denied

Landlord may waive statutory right to 30 days' written notice from tenant. Skourtes v. Schaer, 36 Or App 659, 585 P2d 703 (1978), Sup Ct review denied

This act does not provide for recovery of punitive damages. Brewer v. Erwin, 287 Or 435, 600 P2d 398 (1979)

As this act is not penal, it is not subject to attack for vagueness. Marquam Invest­ment Corp. v. Beers, 47 Or App 711, 615 P2d 1064 (1980), Sup Ct review denied

Distinc­tion in this act between residential and nonresidential tenancies is not irra­tional, arbitrary or unreasonable under United States or Oregon Constitu­tion. Marquam Invest­ment Corp. v. Beers, 47 Or App 711, 615 P2d 1064 (1980), Sup Ct review denied

Residential Landlord and Tenant Act does not supersede common law in all aspects of per­sonal injury liability. Bellikka v. Green, 306 Or 630, 762 P2d 997 (1988)

Where jury returned general verdict for defendant and court refused to award defendant attorney fees, defendant has right, absent "unusual circumstances," to receive attorney fees for damages for prevailing on per­sonal injury claim. Steininger v. Tosch, 96 Or App 493, 773 P2d 15 (1989), Sup Ct review denied

Where tenants counterclaim for injunctive relief and damages after landlord sent 30-day, no-cause evic­tion notice, before awarding attorney fees, district court must determine whether landlord or tenants have right to pos­ses­sion of house and whether tenants' right to assert counterclaim is provided by statute. Edwards v. Fenn, 308 Or 129, 775 P2d 1375 (1989)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Private process server in a forcible entry and detainer ac­tion, (1975) Vol 37, p 869; ap­pli­ca­bil­i­ty to university housing and properties, (1976) Vol 37, p 1297

Law Review Cita­tions

56 OLR 655 (1977); 16 WLR 275 (1979); 16 WLR 835 (1980)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 90—Residential Landlord and Tenant, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­090.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 90, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­090ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
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