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Oregon renter? Know your rights!

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Oregon renters enjoy unique rights that many are unaware of. Knowing these rights can help protect renters and make for a safer and happier living environment.

The above video from www.SmartMoney.com shares 10 things that your landlord won't tell you, including that "you should complain more." Reporter Kelli Grant says that keeping landlords apprised of problems in your home helps to give them a full picture of any problems on their property.

Grant also advises that renters often have more rights than landlords, including the right to hot water and a livable environment. The US Department of Housing & Urban Development, Oregon Tenant Rights portal gives helpful links for tenants who are having problems or need guidance.

Renting is a two way street. Renters and landlords may unknowingly jeopardize their rights by not fulfilling their legal responsibilities. Both parties need to work together to establish a smooth, comfortable arrangement.

- Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group, Oregon Renters' Handbook

The Oregon Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) is another resource that Oregonian renters have available to them. CAT is an organization which educates and empowers tenants to demand affordable, stable and safe rental homes. The organization has provided counseling to over 28,000 renters in Oregon.

Among several programs it offers, CAT provides resources to apprise renters of their rights. Among the materials, you can find guidelines on how to handle noise problems, and what to do if your home is being converted to a condo.

CAT also offers a renters hotline that is run by volunteers and gives advice to renters. To reach the hotline, call (503) 288-0130.

Additional Resources

Oregon State Bar Tenant Resources

US Department of Housing & Urban Development, Oregon Tenant Rights portal

Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group, Oregon Renters' Handbook

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