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.
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.
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.
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.
At the end of May 2013, the Oregon Supreme Court handed all Oregon tenants a major victory when their ruling in a case made it clear that tenants in Oregon have the ability to win retaliation cases against their landlords. In its opinion, the court ruled that for a tenant to win a retaliation claim (or defense), the tenant must prove “that the tenant’s protected activity was a factor that made a difference in the landlord’s decision [to retaliate].”
Remember, not just anything counts as landlord retaliation. Only the following categories of conduct can be landlord retaliation:
Raising your rent
Giving you a notice that you are being kicked out (a notice of termination)
Filing, or threatening to file, an eviction case against you
Intentionally and unreasonably impairing your enjoyment or use of your home (and any common areas)