Oregon Landlord Retaliation Laws

Oregon Landlord Retaliation Laws

Last Updated: June 28, 2023

Tenant Protected Actions
  • Complaints to Landlord/Gov’t About Legal Violations
  • Good-Faith Complaints to Landlord About Tenancy
  • Participating in a Tenant Organization
  • Winning/Testifying in Court Cases vs. Landlord
  • Enforcing Lawful Rights
Landlord Retaliatory Actions
  • Raising Rent
  • Decreasing Services
  • Filing/Threatening Eviction or Lawsuit
Penalties for Retaliation
  • End Lease
  • Get Court Injunction
  • Repossess Property
  • Sue for 2x Rent or 2x Damages

When Is It Illegal for Landlords to Retaliate in Oregon?

It’s illegal for Oregon landlords to retaliate with raised rent, reduced services, or threatened eviction against tenants who have taken one of the following protected actions:

  • Complaining to the landlord or the government about legal violations related to the rental property.
  • Complaining to the landlord in good faith about issues related to the tenancy.
  • Participating in a tenant organization.
  • Testifying in a court case against the landlord.
  • Winning a court case against the landlord (except on technicalities related to notice requirements), within the last six months.
  • Pursuing rights or remedies given by the law or lease.

The law allows an exception when the landlord can prove a non-retaliatory, good-faith reason for the alleged retaliatory action. For example, a landlord who raises rent proportionately in response to a large increase in property tax can still evict if a tenant refuses to pay the rent.

What Can Tenants Do in Response in Oregon?

Oregon tenants can respond to landlord retaliation by suing for quiet enjoyment of the property. The tenant might also end the rental agreement or get an injunction against the landlord to prevent further retaliation. In either case, the tenant can recover double the monthly rent or double actual damages (whichever is greater), plus attorney fees.