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City of Milwaukie adds new renter protection

Milwaukie, Oregon has become the second Oregon city to enact new, important tenant protections. Milwaukie’s new protections, located at Chapter 5.60 of the Milwaukie Municipal Code, require landlords in Milwaukie require no-cause termination notices to give tenants at least 90 days advance notice. The new protections largely mirror those adopted by the City of Portland…

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Troy Pickard Interviewed on KATU News

Last night, Portland Defender attorney Troy Pickard was interviewed once again as an expert in Landlord-Tenant law. The story featured local residents of an apartment complex in Tigard who will have their air conditioning units removed this week, just before a major heat wave will hit the Portland area. Troy spoke with reporter Ian Parker…

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All about landlord-tenant security deposits and fees

Many tenants call Portland Defender every week with questions about security deposits and fees charged by landlords. We’ve just put together an informative article that can help answer some of those questions: click here to learn more.

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Retaliation – Victory in the Oregon Supreme Court

At the end of May 2013, the Oregon Supreme Court handed all Oregon tenants a major victory when their ruling in a case made it clear that tenants in Oregon have the ability to win retaliation cases against their landlords. In its opinion, the court ruled that for a tenant to win a retaliation claim…

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Tenant security deposits

When you start a new lease, most landlords will require you to pay a security deposit – make sure you get a receipt! Think of a security deposit like a loan you give to your landlord to ensure that you pay your rent and keep the place in good condition. If you don’t pay your…

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City Housing Inspections in Portland

If you live in the City of Portland, the city building inspector’s office can be one of your best friends when you’ve got a terrible landlord. Across the city, landlords are making tenants live in homes that are unhabitable – plumbing and electrical problems, rodents and insects, broken walls, floors and ceilings, garbage outside, excessive…

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In Oregon, you can go to jail for holding hands

Oregon prosecutors love to charge people with crimes involving the touching of sexual or intimate body parts.  ORS 163.415, for example, defines the crime of “sexual abuse in the third degree” as subjecting another person to “sexual contact” without their consent (and if they’re under 18, Oregon prosecutors say this automatically means they didn’t consent). …

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Case Dismissed in Clackamas County – Assault

This week, Portland Defender attorney Troy Pickard’s pre-trial work successfully forced the Clackamas County District Attorney to dismiss their case against Portland Defender’s client. In State of Oregon v. W.B., Pickard’s client had originally been accused in 2002. However, for more than eight years, the government did nothing to bring the client to trial. When…

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Not Guilty in Clackamas County – Assault

Earlier this week, Portland Defender attorney Troy Pickard successfully defended his client against a serious assault charge in Clackamas County. In case State v. A.B., Troy Pickard’s female client was accused of beating another woman so badly that the woman’s pregnancy miscarried. The jury found the defendant not guilty and she was immediately released. During…

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Beware of slippery jury instructions

The prosecutor will do many things to hurt defendants in criminal cases.  Sometimes, they will even attempt to get the court to issue unconstitutional jury instructions. In the recent Oregon Supreme Court case Oregon v. Schwab (9/16/2010), Justice Kistler’s concurring opinion pointed out that prosecutors in some Oregon counties are increasingly confronted defendants with an…

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