Residential Landlord and Tenant

ORS 90.460
Alternate exit from bedroom required

  • tenant right to recover for landlord noncompliance


As used in this section:


“Bedroom” has the meaning given that term in ORS 90.262 (Use and occupancy rules and regulations).


“Building” means a dwelling unit or a structure containing a dwelling unit.


A landlord shall provide at all times during the tenancy a route or routes of exit from each bedroom and, if required, a secondary route of exit from each bedroom, for use during an emergency. The routes of exit must conform to applicable law in effect at the time of occupancy of the building or in effect after a renovation or change of use of the building, whichever is later.


(a) If the landlord fails to comply with the requirements of this section, the tenant may recover actual damages, and the tenant may terminate the tenancy by providing the landlord actual notice and a description of the noncompliance 72 hours prior to the date of termination.


If the landlord cures the noncompliance within the 72-hour period:


The tenancy does not terminate; and


The tenant may recover the tenant’s actual damages.


If the landlord fails to cure the noncompliance within the 72-hour period:


The tenancy terminates;


The tenant may recover twice the tenant’s actual damages or twice the periodic rent, whichever is greater; and


The landlord must return all security deposits and prepaid rent owed to the tenant under ORS 90.300 (Security deposits) within four days after the termination. [2015 c.388 §13; 2016 c.53 §5]
Chapter 90

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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