ORS 90.600¹
Increases in rent
  • limitations
  • notice
  • meeting with tenants
  • effect of failure to meet

(1) For purposes of this section, the term “consumer price index” refers to the annual 12-month average change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, West Region (All Items), as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor in September of the prior calendar year.

(2) If a rental agreement is a month-to-month tenancy to which ORS 90.505 (Definitions for ORS 90.505 to 90.850) to 90.850 (Owner affidavit certifying compliance with requirements for sale of facility) apply, the landlord may not increase the rent:

(a) Without giving each affected tenant notice in writing at least 90 days prior to the effective date of the rent increase; and

(b) During any 12-month period, in an amount greater than seven percent plus the consumer price index above the existing rent.

(3) The written notice required by subsection (2)(a) of this section must specify:

(a) The amount of the rent increase;

(b) The amount of the new rent;

(c) Facts supporting the exemption authorized by subsection (4) of this section, if the increase is above the amount allowed in subsection (2)(b) of this section; and

(d) The date on which the increase becomes effective.

(4) A landlord is not subject to subsection (2)(b) of this section when:

(a) The first certificate of occupancy for the dwelling unit was issued less than 15 years from the date of the notice of the rent increase; or

(b) The landlord is providing reduced rent to the tenant as part of a federal, state or local program or subsidy.

(5) A landlord that increases rent in violation of subsection (2)(b) of this section shall be liable to the tenant in an amount equal to three months’ rent plus actual damages suffered by the tenant.

(6) This section does not create a right to increase rent that does not otherwise exist.

(7) This section does not require a landlord to compromise, justify or reduce a rent increase that the landlord otherwise is entitled to impose.

(8) Neither ORS 90.510 (Statement of policy) (1), requiring a landlord to provide a statement of policy, nor ORS 90.510 (Statement of policy) (4), requiring a landlord to provide a written rental agreement, create a basis for tenant challenge of a rent increase, judicially or otherwise.

(9)(a) The tenants who reside in a facility may elect one committee of seven or fewer members in a facility-wide election to represent the tenants. One tenant of record for each rented space may vote in the election. Upon written request from the tenants’ committee, the landlord or a representative of the landlord shall meet with the committee within 10 to 30 days of the request to discuss the tenants’ nonrent concerns regarding the facility. Unless the parties agree otherwise, upon a request from the tenants’ committee, a landlord or representative of the landlord shall meet with the tenants’ committee at least once, but not more than twice, each calendar year. The meeting shall be held on the premises if the facility has suitable meeting space for that purpose, or at a location reasonably convenient to the tenants. After the meeting, the tenants’ committee shall send a written summary of the issues and concerns addressed at the meeting to the landlord. The landlord or the landlord’s representative shall make a good faith response in writing to the committee’s summary within 60 days.

(b) The tenants’ committee may be entitled to informal dispute resolution under ORS 90.769 (Informal dispute resolution) if the landlord or landlord’s representative fails to meet with the tenants’ committee or fails to respond in good faith to the written summary as required by paragraph (a) of this subsection. [Formerly 91.869; 1991 c.844 §8; 1995 c.559 §35; 1997 c.577 §26a; 1999 c.676 §21; 2001 c.596 §36; 2019 c.1 §3; 2019 c.625 §56]

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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/­ors090.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 90, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano090.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
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. Currency Information