Residential Landlord and Tenant

ORS 90.462
Electric vehicle charging stations


A tenant may submit an application to install an electric vehicle charging station for the personal, noncommercial use of the tenant, in compliance with the requirements of this section, in, or near, a parking space assigned to the tenant or the dwelling unit of the tenant.


A landlord may prohibit installation or use of a charging station installed and used in compliance with this section only if the premises do not have at least one parking space per dwelling unit.


When the tenant complies or agrees to comply with the requirements of this section, the landlord shall approve a completed application within 60 days after the tenant submits the application unless the delay in approving the application is based on a reasonable request for additional information.


A landlord:


May require a tenant to submit an application before installing a charging station.


May require the charging station to meet the architectural standards of the premises.


May impose reasonable charges to recover costs of the review and permitting of a charging station.


May impose reasonable restrictions on the installation and use of the charging station, provided the restrictions do not:


Significantly increase the cost of the charging station; or


Significantly decrease the efficiency or performance of the charging station.


Notwithstanding ORS 479.540 (Exemptions), the charging station must be installed and removed by a person that holds a license, as defined in ORS 479.530 (Definitions for ORS 479), to act, at a minimum, as a journeyman electrician.


The tenant is responsible for all costs associated with installation and use of the charging station, including:


The cost of electricity associated with the charging station; and


The cost of damage to the premises that results from the installation, use, maintenance, repair, removal or replacement of the charging station.


If the landlord reasonably determines that the cumulative use of electricity on the premises attributable to the installation and use of charging stations requires the installation of additional infrastructure improvements to provide the premises with a sufficient supply of electricity, the landlord may assess the cost of the additional improvements to each tenant that has installed, or will install, a charging station.


Unless a landlord and tenant negotiate a different outcome, a charging station installed under this section is deemed to be the personal property of the tenant.


A pedestal, or similar, charging station that is hard-wired into the electrical system must be a certified electrical product, as defined in ORS 479.530 (Definitions for ORS 479).


Notwithstanding ORS 90.222 (Renter’s liability insurance), if a charging station, other than one described in subsection (9) of this section, is not a certified electrical product, the owner shall:


Maintain a renter’s liability insurance policy in an amount not less than $100,000 that includes coverage of the charging station; and


Name the landlord as a named additional insured under the policy with a right to notice of cancellation of the policy.


This section does not apply to tenancies governed by ORS 90.505 (Definitions for ORS 90) to 90.850 (Owner affidavit certifying compliance with requirements for sale of facility). [2017 c.387 §2]


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Mar. 11, 2023