Residential Landlord and Tenant

ORS 90.140
Types of payments landlord may require or accept

  • written evidence of payment


A landlord may require or accept the following types of payments:


Applicant screening charges, pursuant to ORS 90.295 (Applicant screening charge);


Deposits to secure the execution of a rental agreement, pursuant to ORS 90.297 (Prohibition on charging deposit or fee to enter rental agreement);


Security deposits, pursuant to ORS 90.300 (Security deposits);


Fees, pursuant to ORS 90.302 (Fees allowed for certain landlord expenses);


Rent, as defined in ORS 90.100 (Definitions);


Prepaid rent, as defined in ORS 90.100 (Definitions);


Utility or service charges, pursuant to ORS 90.315 (Utility or service payments) (4), 90.568 (Pro rata billing) or 90.572 (Submeter billing);


Late charges or fees, pursuant to ORS 90.260 (Late rent payment charge or fee); and


Damages, for noncompliance with a rental agreement or ORS 90.325 (Tenant duties), under ORS 90.401 (Remedies available to landlord) or as provided elsewhere in this chapter.


A tenant who requests a writing that evidences the tenant’s payment is entitled to receive that writing from the landlord as a condition for making the payment. The writing may be a receipt, statement of the tenant’s account or other acknowledgment of the tenant’s payment. The writing must include the amount paid, the date of payment and information identifying the landlord or the rental property. If the tenant makes the payment by mail, deposit or a method other than in person and requests the writing, the landlord shall within a reasonable time provide the tenant with the writing in a manner consistent with ORS 90.150 (Service or delivery of actual notice). [1997 c.577 §4; 1999 c.603 §7; 2001 c.596 §29; 2005 c.22 §58; 2005 c.391 §13; 2005 c.619 §16]
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Notes of Decisions

The prevailing party in an action brought under this Act is entitled to attorney fees. Executive Management v. Juckett, 274 Or 515, 547 P2d 603 (1976)

Damages for mental distress are not recoverable under this Act. Ficker v. Diefenbach, 34 Or App 241, 578 P2d 467 (1978), as modified by 35 Or App 829, 578 P2d 467 (1978)

Where tenant terminates residential tenancy but then holds over wrongfully, landlord need not give any notice to tenant as prerequisite to maintaining action for possession. Skourtes v. Schaer, 36 Or App 659, 585 P2d 703 (1978), Sup Ct review denied

Landlord may waive statutory right to 30 days' written notice from tenant. Skourtes v. Schaer, 36 Or App 659, 585 P2d 703 (1978), Sup Ct review denied

This act does not provide for recovery of punitive damages. Brewer v. Erwin, 287 Or 435, 600 P2d 398 (1979)

As this act is not penal, it is not subject to attack for vagueness. Marquam Investment Corp. v. Beers, 47 Or App 711, 615 P2d 1064 (1980), Sup Ct review denied

Distinction in this act between residential and nonresidential tenancies is not irrational, arbitrary or unreasonable under United States or Oregon Constitution. Marquam Investment Corp. v. Beers, 47 Or App 711, 615 P2d 1064 (1980), Sup Ct review denied

Residential Landlord and Tenant Act does not supersede common law in all aspects of personal injury liability. Bellikka v. Green, 306 Or 630, 762 P2d 997 (1988)

Where jury returned general verdict for defendant and court refused to award defendant attorney fees, defendant has right, absent "unusual circumstances," to receive attorney fees for damages for prevailing on personal injury claim. Steininger v. Tosch, 96 Or App 493, 773 P2d 15 (1989), Sup Ct review denied

Where tenants counterclaim for injunctive relief and damages after landlord sent 30-day, no-cause eviction notice, before awarding attorney fees, district court must determine whether landlord or tenants have right to possession of house and whether tenants' right to assert counterclaim is provided by statute. Edwards v. Fenn, 308 Or 129, 775 P2d 1375 (1989)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Private process server in a forcible entry and detainer action, (1975) Vol 37, p 869; applicability to university housing and properties, (1976) Vol 37, p 1297

Law Review Citations

56 OLR 655 (1977); 16 WLR 275 (1979); 16 WLR 835 (1980)


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