gas grills on combustible porches or within
10 feet of combustible construction is not
allowed. You should also avoid cooking too
close to your building, or beneath overhanging
eaves and branches.
When entertaining guests outdoors — in
community spaces or on private patios
— renters should refer to their lease for regulations on the number of people allowed and the
activities that might be prohibited.
Tenant Rights: Property owners are responsible to you, the renter, for the safety and
livability of your home. Your apartment must
be in good living condition when you move in;
your unit must be free of pests and there must
be proper wiring, plumbing, and heating.
It’s the landlord’s responsibility to maintain
these aspects of your apartment, throughout
your time there. If maintenance work must be
done for upkeep to the plumbing, wiring, or
heating, the landlord is responsible for covering
Landlords in Portland may charge a security
deposit before move-in, to cover any potential
damage during your time living there. When
you move out, the landlord is required to
return your security deposit, provided nothing
was damaged beyond normal wear and tear,
within 31 days.
Even though your landlord owns the property,
renters have the right of exclusive possession,
which means that you have the right to your
privacy within your rented property. Landlords
may not enter without at least 24 hours’ notice.
Month-to-month rental agreements are not
uncommon in Portland. These can be convenient for renters who are not ready to make a
full-year commitment on a property. Renters
can leave their lease without any kind of fine if
they provide 30 days’ notice, but renters should
also consider that a month-to-month agreement gives landlords the option to terminate a
lease with a 30-day notice as well.
It’s the tenant’s responsibility to know their
rights before they sign a lease. Be sure to read
your lease thoroughly before entertaining
into a legal relationship with your landlord or