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The City of Portland has just enacted new protections for tenants living within the city limits.

Here is what Portland tenants need to know:

Beginning in November, if a landlord wants to terminate a month-to-month tenancy without stated cause, that landlord must give the tenant written notice of the termination at least 90 days before the termination date. In the rest of Oregon, tenants are only entitled to 30 days advanced notice, or 60 days if they have lived in their home for more than a year.

Important note: this does not apply to tenants who share a dwelling unit with their landlords.

Also beginning in November, if a landlord wants to raise a tenant’s rent by more than 5% in a 12-month period, the landlord must give the tenant written notice at least 90 days before the rent increase takes effect.

If you are a Portland tenant, and your landlord violates these new rules, your landlord will owe you an amount up to three months’ rent, plus your actual damages, reasonable attorney fees and costs.

The specific text of the new ordinance can be found here: http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=50265&a=548233

KATU 6.22.15

Last night, Portland Defender attorney Troy Pickard was interviewed once again as an expert in Landlord-Tenant law. The story featured local residents of an apartment complex in Tigard who will have their air conditioning units removed this week, just before a major heat wave will hit the Portland area. Troy spoke with reporter Ian Parker about the legality of this action.

Read the Full Article Here

Photo Credit: KATU News

This afternoon in Portland, a Multnomah County jury unanimously agreed that managing attorney Troy Pickard’s client was not guilty of domestic violence. Specifically, the six jurors agreed that the defendant had not caused any offensive physical contact with the intent to harass or annoy the alleged “victim.”

Although the prosecutor argued that the defendant had slapped the complaining witness on her own front porch, attorney Troy Pickard convinced them otherwise.

Not Guilty – Clackamas County Theft Trial thumbnail

Today, in Clackamas County Circuit Court, a jury unanimously found managing attorney Troy Pickard’s client not guilty of both theft in the second degree and theft in the third degree. Had he been convicted, this defendant could have received a sentence of several years probation, several days in jail, thousands of dollars in fines and the loss of his job. Thanks to the hard work of the lawyers at Portland Defender, this hard-working man is free, keeping his job, and sleeping at night knowing that his lawyer proved his innocence.

The Clackamas County prosecutor’s office had accused the defendant of stealing a mobile phone that a customer had left behind at the restaurant where the defendant worked. Although the prosecution tried to tell the jury that the defendant was untrustworthy, attorney Troy Pickard showed the jury the truth about his client: [click to continue…]

Today, in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Portland Defender’s managing attorney Troy Pickard prevented an eviction won several thousand dollars for his client, a Portland-area tenant, in an eviction trial. The rental home in question had serious problems with its electrical and heating systems. The landlord refused to fix these problems and refused to negotiate about lowering rent. Even worse, the landlord sent the tenant a termination notice in retaliation for complaining about the problems – something that is illegal under Oregon law. [click to continue…]


Flood damage to local residents’ home (Photo courtesy KATU News)

Last night, local news station KATU covered a story of another Portland family struggling with damage to their home and a laggard landlord. Troy Pickard was interviewed by KATU reporter Chelsea Kopta as an expert in Landord-Tenant law. Troy spoke with Chelsea about how many landlords feel that it is ok to allow their tenants to live in conditions they would not stand to live in themselves. Troy encouraged tenants to know their rights and to contact the Community Alliance of Tenants with any questions. The full article is here.

Once again, attorney Troy Pickard was featured on the local news. See below for the full story and interview:

Tenants say management ignored their concerns


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Many low income and disabled people living in a SE Portland apartment complex said on Monday that the management company has forced them to live in unsafe conditions.

Residents at Garden Park Estates, 3208 SE 136th Avenue, said the management company at the complex has bullied them when they have spoken up about unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

A city inspector said the complex currently meets code but only after months of complaints from residents.

“The straw that broke the camel’s back is one day I came home and the tip of my shoe caught one of the ripples in the carpet and I fell and when I fell, I fracture my collar bone,” said Janie Tate, a resident at Garden Park Estates.

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Many tenants call Portland Defender every week with questions about security deposits and fees charged by landlords.

We’ve just put together an informative article that can help answer some of those questions: click here to learn more.

On April 7, 2014 Troy will present to Concordia University students how to be a savvy renter in Oregon. Troy will explain leases, deposits, habitability issues, and many more topics related to renters’ rights. This presentation is free and will will take place at 8:00pm in GRW 314. For more information please visit the Concordia University Webpage.

Over the weekend, attorney Troy Pickard was interviewed on Portland’s KGW news channel 8 on a story about landlord-tenant law.


View the interview here.