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Age Discrimination in Oregon Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|OR|

Oregon does not directly prohibit landlords from discriminating against tenants based on their age. However, landlords should be careful to avoid discriminating against children and families (whom are protected under federal and state law). Additionally, discriminating against a senior because of their disability is prohibited under federal and state fair housing law which protects those with mental and physical health conditions. Segregating by Age A typical technique by landlords to minimize conflict between tenants is to group sections of buildings or advertise units for certain ages. For example, a landlord may advertise a trendy and loud neighborhood to younger tenants. A landlord might list a home in a quiet neighborhood is best for the elderly. Oregon landlords are free to advertise units as ideal for certain age groups and to deny housing to people who do not fit those criteria [...]

Discrimination Against Mental or Physical Health Conditions in Oregon Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|OR|

Oregon and federal law give tenants strong protections when landlords discriminate against their mental or physical health conditions. Landlords are required to provide reasonable accommodations for tenants' handicaps. What's Covered? Oregon and federal law cover mental and physical health-related handicaps. A "health condition" is much broader than a diagnosed disease in official medical books. It can be any mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. Conditions that may not obviously be a disability qualify for protection, such as a sports injury, hoarding tendencies, or paranoia. Of course, medically diagnosed conditions also qualify, such as HIV, cancer, Alzheimer's, or bipolar disorder. The law also covers tenants that had a history of such an impairment and tenants who have been regarded as having such an impairment. Or. Rev. Stat. 659 . Oregon expands on federal protections [...]

Discrimination of Families, Pregnant Women, and Children in Oregon Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|OR|

It is illegal in Oregon (and federally) for landlords to discriminate against tenants based on their having children, being pregnant, or otherwise their familial status. Children must be provided equal access to all facilities and services offered to adults. In addition, tenants are protected from discrimination based on their marital status. Family Restrictions Most types of restrictions on families with children violate Oregon and federal law. For example, charging tenants with children higher rent or a higher deposit, advertising an apartment as being only for families (or not for families), putting an age limit for children, and placing all families in one part of the building are all illegal. Or. Rev. Stat. 659 . Rights of Children Landlords that treat children and adults differently are violating the law that prohibits landlords from discriminating against a tenant's familial status. Thus, prohibiting [...]

Discrimination of Source of Income in Oregon Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|OR|

Oregon prohibits landlords from discriminating against tenants based on their source of income. While landlords are allowed to ask for proof of income and ability to pay, they cannot deny housing or charge a tenant a different amount based on their job. There are few exceptions for illegal sources of income. "Immoral" Jobs Discrimination against a tenant's source of income usually arises when a tenant's legal job appears immoral to the landlord or otherwise conflicts with their values. Strippers, people working at a political campaign, marijuana growers (in states where it's legal), planned parenthood and NRA employees, and online personalities often face issues. In Oregon, denying a tenant for any of these reasons is a violation of the state's fair housing protections. Or. Rev. Stat. 659 . Illegal Sources of Income One major exception is that landlords can reject tenants [...]

Racial Discrimination in Oregon Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|OR|

Oregon protects tenants from discriminatory practices by their landlord based on their race, color, national origin, and ancestry. Similarly, tenants also have protection under the federal law from discrimination based on their race, color, and national origin. Discriminatory Actions Discrimination is broader than just saying a certain race cannot rent an apartment. Discrimination includes: interfering with a tenant's use and enjoyment of the property based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestrydenying an applicant the opportunity to inspect the apartment based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestrydiscouraging tenants by renting by saying people of a certain race, color, national origin, or ancestry live in the neighborhooddenying a loan based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestryadvertising an apartment that's for or not for a person based on their race, color, national origin, or ancestrycharging different rent [...]

Religious Discrimination in Oregon Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|OR|

Oregon protects tenants from discriminatory practices by their landlord based on their religion. Tenants also have similar protections under federal law. Discriminatory Actions Discrimination covers quite a bit more than just landlords who refuse to rent to certain religions. Discrimination includes: denying a loan based on their religionretaliating (e.g., raising the rent, evicting, cutting off services, or harassing a tenant) against a tenant for reporting a problemdenying an apartment or application based on their religionadvertising an apartment that's for or not for a person based on their religioninterfering with a tenant's use and enjoyment of the property based on their religionrefusing to make reasonable accommodations based on a tenant's religiondiscouraging tenants by renting by saying people of a certain religion live in the neighborhooddenying an applicant the opportunity to inspect the apartment based on their religionfalsely stating an apartment is [...]

Sex, Gender, and LGBT-Based Discrimination in Oregon Apartments

By |September 12th, 2018|OR|

Oregon law (and federal law) protects tenants from discrimination based on their sex or gender. This covers everything from offering lower rent for sexual favors to advertising men or women only apartments. Oregon also protects tenants from discrimination for their sexual orientation. The law offers some indirect protections for tenants who were discriminated against for their gender identity. Sexism Oregon law and federal law protect tenants from discrimination based on their sex (e.g., male, female). This protects tenants from most kinds of sexist acts, including falsely stating an apartment is not available because of the tenant's sex, evicting a tenant based on their sex, pressuring a tenant to rent or not rent based on people of a certain sex in the neighborhood, retaliating (e.g., raising the rent, evicting, cutting off services, or harassing a tenant) against a tenant for reporting [...]

Can Landlords Reject Tenants with Housing Vouchers in Oregon?

By |September 12th, 2018|OR|

In Oregon, landlords are forbidden from denying tenants solely because they are recipients of housing vouchers or other government assistance programs. To deny a tenant, a landlord must have a legally valid basis for the denial aside from their source of income. Illegal Voucher Policy Because it's illegal under Oregon law to deny a tenant because their income (or a portion of their income) comes from government assistance, landlords should avoid implementing any "No Voucher", "No Section 8", or "No LIHTC" policies. This may also cover tenants on welfare or social security. Aside from denying an application, landlords cannot charge voucher holders more, segregate them to a different section of a building than non-voucher holders, or provide them with different services or amenities from non-Section 8 tenants. Landlords are free to deny tenants for other reasons that don't violate discrimination [...]