Oregon Lease Termination Notices

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Purpose. An Oregon lease termination letter (“Notice to Vacate”) is a required document to end month-to-month lease agreements in Oregon. State law requires giving at least 30 days notice for termination. However, state law does not require notice to be given to end fixed term lease agreements on their end date.

Read further to learn more about notice requirements and the residential lease termination process in Oregon.

Oregon Notice Requirements for Lease Termination by Tenant

Here are the notice requirements in Oregon for lease terminations made by a tenant:

  • Weekly Rental: You must give the landlord a seven-days notice before the termination date.
  • Month-to-Month Rental: You must give the landlord a 30-days notice before the termination date.
  • Fixed Period Lease Longer than One Month: If it is not renewed, a fixed-period lease ends on its termination date and no notice is required.

Legally Terminate a Lease Early in Oregon

Certain legal reasons do not require that the tenant pay a penalty for early lease termination. These include:

  • Material Breach of Lease Agreement: Either the tenant or the landlord can terminate a lease early for a material breach of the lease agreement by the other party.
  • Active State Service or Military Service: Lease termination caused by active state service (section 90.472) or federal military service (section 90.475) requires that the landlord be given prior written notice, which has a termination date that is at least 30 days after the start of the next rental period.
  • Landlord Fails to Remedy Health and Safety Violations: If the rental unit is not habitable due to health and/or safety violations and the landlord is informed in writing to remedy the problems but fails to fix them, then the tenant can break the lease without penalty.
  • Privacy Violation by Landlord: Under the Oregon laws section 90.322 (b), a landlord must give a tenant 24-hours prior written notice before entering a rental unit for any reason besides an emergency. Under section 90.375 a landlord lockout of tenants is prohibited.
  • Illegal Contract: A lease can be canceled early without penalty if the contract is illegal or the rental unit is illegal.
    Domestic Violence: Victims of domestic violence may terminate a lease early by giving the landlord 14 days written notice (section 90.453).
  • Landlord Fails to Give Tenant Required Disclosures: Legally-required disclosures include informing the tenant of the property owner’s and/or property manager’s contact information. The landlord must give the tenant a signed copy of the written lease agreement. The landlord must inform a potential tenant if the property is located in a 100-year floodplain.