Security Deposits and Fees
The following language may be included in a letter to your landlord if
you do not receive your security deposit or accounting within the time
allowed by law.
According to the Oregon Residential Landlord-Tenant Act, if the
landlord has not returned all of the tenant's deposit or a written
accounting for the full amount withheld within 31 days of termination
of the tenancy, he is liable for twice the amount withheld without
accounting. ORS 90.300(6), (10), (11), (12), (13).
ORS [90.300] (14) provides that a tenant may recover twice the security
deposit or prepaid rent if the landlord does not return it within 31
days from the termination of the tenancy and the redelivery of
possession, unless the landlord claims part or all of the deposit
within that period. The statute is unambiguous and absolute...The
amount due does not depend on the tenant's damages or lack of damages.
The obvious purpose of the statute is to encourage landlords to fulfill
their statutory duties by establishing an automatic penalty for their
failure to do so." Beckett v. Olson, 75 OR APP 610, 613-14, 707
P2d 1243 (1985). (Emphasis Added.)
you do receive a written accounting, and you wish to contest any
amounts the landlord may have deducted from your security deposit, call
Legal Services for an appointment.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice. Any
incidental fee-paying University of Oregon student who has questions
about landlord/tenant issues may call ASUO Legal Services at
to arrange an appointment.
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licensed in your state.