Oregon 24 Hour Notice To Quit

Last Updated: March 13, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

An Oregon 24 Hour Notice To Quit is a letter which complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for illegal activity, such as possessing controlled substances on the premises. The tenant is not given an opportunity to take corrective action, and must move out within twenty four (24) calendar hours of receiving notice.

When To Use an Oregon 24 Hour Notice To Quit

An Oregon 24 Hour Notice To Quit begins the eviction process for the following tenant violations:

  • Possession, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances
  • Manufacture of a cannabinoid extract
  • Engagement in or promotion of prostitution
  • Committing burglary
  • Committing a bias crime
  • Threatening substantial injury or damage to the premises or other persons (including threats from a guest or pet)
  • Causing substantial property damage (including damage from a guest or pet)
  • Injury or reckless endangerment of other persons (including from a guest or pet)
  • Sharing alcohol or other prohibited substances if resident in alcohol- or drug-free housing for two (2) years or more

Some types of Oregon lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

How To Write an Oregon 24 Hour Notice To Quit

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Quit:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving parties, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Specify the basis for terminating the tenancy
  4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  6. Print name and sign the notice
  7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Serve an Oregon 24 Hour Notice To Quit

Oregon landlords may deliver a Notice To Quit using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the tenant
  2. Delivery by first class mail
  3. Only if agreed in writing: Posting at a conspicuous place on the tenant’s premises, PLUS delivery by first class mail, addressed to the tenant at the premises
  4. Only if agreed through a special written addendum to the rental agreement: Delivery by email, PLUS delivery by first class mail

Mailing a notice extends the notice period by three (3) calendar days, to account for variable delivery times.

Electronic Notice in Oregon

Oregon does allow electronic delivery of notice in special cases. Electronic notice must be agreed in a written addendum to the rental agreement, which complies with the following requirements:

  1. Agreement executed AFTER the tenancy has begun and the tenant has moved in
  2. Specifies an email address where the landlord agrees to send and receive notifications
  3. Specifies an email address where the tenant agrees to send and receive notifications
  4. Allows either party to change their specified email address, or cancel electronic communications, with three days of advance notice
  5. Contains the following language:


By signing this addendum, you agree to receive written notices from your landlord by e-mail. This may include important legal notices, including rent increase and tenancy termination notices. Failure to read or respond to a written notice could result in you losing your housing or being unaware of a change in rent. Signing this addendum is voluntary. Only agree to service of written notices electronically if you check your e-mail regularly.

In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.