If you’re a landlord seeking to evict a tenant, use an Oregon (OR) eviction notice to begin the process. Your eviction notice must be written according to Oregon state law, and give your tenant the legally required amount of time to respond or move out.
Oregon Eviction Notices by Type
Download a free eviction notice customized for Oregon state law below in MS Word (.docx) or Adobe PDF format.
30-Day Lease Termination: Use this notice to let a tenant know that you’re ending a month-to-month lease, and that they must prepare to leave your property. In Oregon, landlords must give tenants 30 days’ notice to move out if they’re on a month-to-month lease.
14/30-Day Notice to Quit for Non-Compliance: Use this notice to begin evicting a tenant if they’ve broken the terms of your lease. In Oregon, landlords must give tenants 14 days’ notice before the eviction process can proceed in court. In that time, tenants may have the option to fix (or “cure”) the problem, or vacate the premises after 30 days.
3-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit: Use this notice to begin evicting a tenant if they haven’t paid rent on time. In Oregon, landlords must give tenants three days to pay rent before the eviction process can proceed in court.
If you wish to send a letter simply reminding your tenant that rent is late (without threat of eviction), use a late rent notice.
Oregon Eviction Laws & Requirements
- Eviction Lawsuit: (Ore. Rev. Stat. § 105.110)
- Grace Period for Late Fees on Rent Payment: 4 days (Ore. Rev. Stat. § 90.260)
- Unconditional Quit Notice: 24 hours (Ore. Rev. Stat. § 90.396)
- Late or Non-Rent Payment Notice: 3 days (Ore. Rev. Stat. § 90.394(2)(a))
- Late or Non-Rent Payment Notice: 6 days (Ore. Rev. Stat. § 90.394(2)(b)).
- Lease Termination (Month-to-Month): 30 days (Ore. Rev. Stat. § 90.392(2))
What is the Eviction Process in Oregon?
There are seven steps to the eviction process in Oregon:
Step 1: Deliver the eviction notice
To begin the eviction process in Oregon, a landlord must give their tenant(s) notice that they intend to evict them. The notice must be delivered to the tenant personally, by certified mail or by posting it at the property.
Step 2: File the lawsuit
Step 3: Serve the lawsuit
The tenant must be served the summons and complaint for residential eviction by the sheriff or a private process server. This informs the tenant of the eviction lawsuit, and when they need to appear in court in order to defend themselves against eviction.
Step 4: Attend the hearing
The landlord and tenant must appear in court. If the tenant challenges the eviction, mediation is offered. If both parties refuse mediation or fail to come to an agreement, the tenant must file an Answer to the lawsuit listing any defenses to the eviction. In the event both parties reach an agreement, the lawsuit is dismissed.
Step 5: Attend the trial
After the Answer is filed with the court, both parties attend the trial 15 days later. At trial, the judge hears the case of both the landlord and tenant and decides who wins.
Step 6: Obtaining a judgment
If the tenant fails to show up at either the first hearing or the trial, the landlord automatically wins the eviction lawsuit and the tenant must move out. If both parties meet in court and the landlord wins, the judge will issue a Judgment for possession of the property and the tenant must move out or be forcibly evicted.
If the tenant wins, they can stay in the rental property.
Step 7: Removal of the tenant
In cases where the landlord wins and the tenant still refuses to move out, the landlord can get a Notice of Restitution from the court and get the sheriff to forcibly remove the tenant.
Lastly, the court may issue a Writ of Execution for money the tenant owes the landlord.
Related Oregon Court Forms
The documents below are samples of court eviction forms. Additional county or local forms may be required.
Residential Eviction Summons: Filed with the complaint, this document notifies the tenant that they must appear in court for the eviction proceedings.
Residential Eviction Complaint: This form begins the eviction process in court.
Answer to Residential Eviction: The tenant must file this document to defend themselves against the lawsuit, listing all of their defenses to the landlord’s eviction complaint.
Residential Eviction General Judgment: The court’s decision is written on this form, and orders the parties to comply with the court’s decision.
Notice of Restitution: This form is used to remove a tenant who is unwilling to leave a landlord’s property even after losing the eviction lawsuit.
Writ of Execution: This form allows either party to collect money the court awards for costs, rent, and fees.
Eviction Information for Landlords and Tenants in Oregon
Being informed is the best way to prepare for the possibility of an eviction. Below are resources to assist Oregon landlords and tenants through the eviction process:
Eviction Resources for Landlords
MultiFamily NW: An association providing education resources for landlords regarding fair housing laws, best practices, and rental forms.
Rental Housing Alliance Oregon: An alliance of landlords that provides education and professional services.
Eviction Resources for Tenants
Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT): A tenant membership advocacy group and education source.
Fair Housing Council of Oregon: Provides housing information and assistance to Oregon residents about fair housing laws.
Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Information on the Fair Housing Act and how to handle discrimination complaints.
Rent Well: Provides tenant education, including explanations of laws that protect people with disabilities.
Landlord Tenant Handbook of Portland State University: Informs students about fair housing, rental agreements, and tenant rights.