Protecting Consumers and Small Businesses in Oregon for Over 23 Years. Landlord-Tenant Matters, Debt Collection Issues, Wills/Probates/Estate Administration, Auto Accidents, Car Deals Gone Bad are All Mainstays of My Practice. Other Attorneys in Oregon Hire Me to Help - Shouldn't You Too?
- Consumer Law
- Landlord Tenant
- Personal Injury
- Animal & Dog Law
I accept contingent fees in select cases after a thorough review
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Depending upon the case and the situation, I offer flat fees in some matters; contingent fees in some; and hourly rates in others.
- 9th Circuit
- English: Spoken, Written
- Lewis & Clark Law School
- J.D. (1993)
- Honors: AmJur Award in Alternate Dispute Resolution, Winner of Mock Trial Competition
- Knox College
- B.A. (1975) | Anthropology
- Activities: On Student Government
- Consumer Law Northwest
- Q. After 3 months of "month to month" Landlord asks me to sign a back dated lease "immediately"I had to agree just to read
- A: If you say you can't read the lease in two days, you are telling the landlord you don't take the issue seriously or simply don't care. Yes the landlord can raise your rent up to 9.9% anytime with 90 days notice - locking in the amount of your rent is one of the major advantages of your signing a fixed term lease. You don't say HOW much they want to back-date the lease but be careful not to put anything on the document you know to be false. That could come back to haunt you in the future and will likely be indefensible if it occur
- Q. Can my roommate just kick me out?
- A: I agree with everything Ms. Goodman has said and write only to be clear that your roommate has no authority whatsoever to kick you out, anymore than you have to kick her out, unless she is acting for or on behalf of her father, the landlord. And if she claims that, make her put it in writing (not hard, given she can't do anything against you in her father's name without providing it in writing and the father is required to notify you in writing of anyone who has authority to act on his behalf), keep good records of anytime she enters "your" room or private areas without providing you at least 24 hours advanced notice (each such entry you can prove may be worth a month's rent plus your court costs and attorney's fees), etc. She either is her father's representative or she is not - she cannot go back and forth. And if she IS his representative, then she likely owes you all the same duties any landlord owes their tenant, including not invading their privacy without advanced notice, etc. Even if she is his representative, she has to provide you with a written notice terminating your tenancy and if without legal cause (which it sounds to be) it must provide both at least 30 days prior WRITTEN notice (email, text, verbal, smoke signals, none of these count - written means written - ink or toner, on paper), and it must be lawfully served - either personally handed to you; mailed to you regular first class mail (not Certified) with at least an additional 4 days, including the date of mailing, added; or, if you have a written rental agreement that provides for it, by posting a copy on your main door and mailing you a copy. Those are the only ways it may be lawfully served - not left on a counter top or slipped under your door, etc. You are legally entitled to a copy of your lease. Make a written request (keeping a copy) of your landlord (NOT the daughter - ignore her) for that lease. If you get it, then you arguably become entitled to at least 90 days notice before needing to leave. Consider gathering proof that you own the cat - vet bills in your name, rabies vaccination records, register with the local County Animal Control, etc. as well as statements from witness/friends that you own the cat. Then if she tries to get rid of it, call the police and/or consider suing her - but build your record of ownership first. If things get uglier, consider reviewing everything with a local landlord-tenant attorney. Good luck.
- Q. Can my landlord raise my rent when I renew my lease next month during this covid-19 pandemic?
- A: While some details could otherwise affect the answer, a landlord must give you at least 90 days advanced written notice of any rent increase, and then only after the expiration of any fixed term lease. Plus any rent increase can be for no more than 9.9% over the last 12 months. If they try, it may be worth money to you and you should review everything with a local landlord-tenant attorney. Good luck.