Grab our free sample or generate an official Oregon lease agreement for residential use. Read further about required disclosures in Oregon, optional addendums for things like pets, and what Oregon landlord tenant laws apply to residential lease agreements.
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Security Deposits in Oregon
The laws regarding security deposits in Oregon are found in section 90.300 of the Oregon Revised Statutes Volume 3, Chapter 90.
Security Deposit Amount Has No Limit: In Oregon, there is no limit placed on a security deposit at the state level. Counties and municipalities may have specific security deposit limits for their jurisdictions. A deposit for the last month’s rent is considered a security deposit. A landlord may not charge a security deposit for a service animal of a disabled person.
Allowed Use of Security Deposit: After a tenant vacates their rental unit, the landlord may deduct any unpaid rent from the security deposit and any cost for cleaning or repairing the rental unit.
Refund: The security deposit, less any permitted deductions, has to be refunded by the landlord within 31 days after the tenant vacates the rental unit.
Breaking a Lease in Oregon
A lease agreement may contain an early cancellation clause that describes the penalty for breaking a lease early in Oregon. At a minimum, the penalty is at least a forfeiture of the security deposit and possibly more.
Certain things are considered a good cause to break a lease. They give a tenant a legal reason to terminate a lease early. These causes include failure by the landlord to give the tenant all the legally-required disclosures or if the rental contract is illegal or the rental unit is an illegal space (not constructed with a building permit). Other good causes include serious illness, relocation due to active military service, health or safety violations that remain not remedied by the landlord, privacy violations by the landlord, or a material breach of the lease agreement.
If a tenant breaks a lease without a good cause, then the tenant may be liable for any unpaid rent for the remainder of the lease. The landlord may sue for these damages. It is better to negotiate compensation with a landlord to break a lease if the tenant does not have a good cause by the legal definitions.
Eviction Process in Oregon
Under Oregon laws, a landlord may start an eviction after giving the tenant proper notice about the following:
- Failure to pay the rent (section 90.394).
- Criminal activity or endangering others on the premises (section 90.396).
- Drug or alcohol violations (section 90.398).
- Keeping a pet that is not allowed on the premises (section 90.405).
- Causing excessive damage to the rental unit.
- A material violation of the lease agreement.