HB 2240 – Ends No Cause Terminations of Month to Month Tenancy
Sponsored by Governor Kate Brown, this may be the worst piece of legislation coming out of Salem this year.
We all know there’s no such thing as a termination without cause. No cause terminations are the go to tool for small landlords who want to get rid of problem tenants without having to jump through a thousand legal hoops. Professional property management companies use twenty page lease agreements crafted to forsee every possible tenant misbehavior. Small landlords use a two page document they downloaded from the internet with more legal holes than Swiss cheese, or (shudder) a handshake. Congratulations, your reward for wanting to be nice to your neighbors is a big “screw you.”
Prohibits landlord from terminating month-to-month tenancy without cause. Allows landlord to terminate month-to-month tenancy without cause under certain circumstances or if landlord provides tenant with relocation assistance equal to three months’ rent. Requires landlord to provide 90 days’ written notice for tenancy renewal or termination under certain circumstances. Permits tenant to renew rental agreement if landlord did not invoke exception or terminate for cause. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
In plain English: No more no cause terminations of problem tenants unless you want to give them 90 days notice and pay them three months rent to move out. NO SUNSET. Declares emergency, so citizens cannot overturn it through the initiative process.
We have single party rule in Oregon, so what Governor Brown wants, Governor Brown gets. Count this one as passed.