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Robert Lloyd Mauger Jr

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  • Is it legal to run an ad looking for a male specific roommate?

    I'm running an ad to rent a room but I only want males, is it legal to specify this?

    Robert’s Answer

    No. There is an exemption to the Federal fair housing act for a dwelling that has four or fewer rental units and the owner lives in one of those units. The exemption Oregon’s housing act allows a landlord to discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or familial status if the space is owner actually maintains and occupies the residence as his primary residence and there is common space shared by the residence.

    But those exemptions in selecting a housemate does not apply to discriminatory advertising.

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  • Do I need to pay rent for this month, in a house that I'm renting, that is a short sale and I'm the one buying it?

    The approval from bank, seller, and I have been signed and notarized. House inspection done(for my benefit). Form stating a short sale and I'm not related to seller, done and notarized. Closing date (end of month) has been changed x4 times since h...

    Robert’s Answer

    You don't mention why closing was delayed 4x and we don't know what your lease agreement or sales agreement look like. Without that information, it would be hard to know for sure. Before you withhold rent, you should discuss the details with your own attorney.

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  • On a 13 day room rental, tenant changed mind 2n day. Do I have to refund unused days if they decide to leave?

    Someone came to me in dire need of a temporary stay in one of my bedrooms. I went out of my way with much hassle to clear the room out for this person and prepare it with less than 24 hours notice of needing it! I made up a 13 day basic tenant con...

    Robert’s Answer

    If it's a term lease and the tenant is vacating without cause, then I don't see any reason to refund rent for time that the tenant wasn't there. Ordinarily, you'd need to show that you were attempting to mitigate your damages by making reasonable efforts to re-lease the room, but since this seems a pretty short time period and unusual lease, I'm skeptical that would apply. That said, if your former tenant brings a claim against you for damages, you should probably consult with your own attorney.

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  • 72 hr notice. Paid two partial payments still an eviction?

    My ex left me with a lease alone and I have made two partial payments to my landlord (house not apartment), and he served me with a 72 hour eviction notice. Prior to this my landlord had been sending texts/calling me offering me sexual trade to wa...

    Robert’s Answer

    Offers to trade sex for rent by text message was a huge mistake by your landlord. You should contact your own attorney or the Fair Housing Council of Oregon (link below). If your landlord files a claim for eviction (an FED) with the court, you should contact your own attorney immediately. Whether you terminate your lease or stay is a strategic decision that you should probably discuss more thoroughly with your own attorney.

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  • Can a landlord give me a 10 day notice to vacate an apt. just because of one small violation?

    the details are, a friend of mine stopped by to have a couple of beers, and his girlfriend stopped by on her way home to talk to him. she had her three little dogs with her and she stayed no more than 10 minutes before to started to go home. the l...

    Robert’s Answer

    Telling you that she could give you a notice is not itself a notice. My guess is that the point your landlord wanted to get through to you is to not have dogs. But with no actual notice, you're in no risk of losing your place. As Mr. Abbott stated, even if she did give you a notice, all you'd have to do is get rid of the dogs within 10 days, which it sounds like you've already done. Continue to abide by your lease, including the policy on pets, and things will go fine.

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  • I need to add a personal representative solely for the purpose of selling the decedents property

    The estate filed an affadavit of small estate, but the title company (due to information from an outside source that breached confidentiality) has determined that the executor is not eligible to be the rep for the sale. Can he assign someone else...

    Robert’s Answer

    It sounds like (from the additional information you've provided to those who have answered) that the title company says that the affiant isn't able to sell the property because there's a conflict of interest between the PR and the buyer (perhaps PR is selling to a family member or business partner or something). You can certainly ask the title company if there's some security you can provide (perhaps getting all the heirs, beneficiaries to agree to the sale) short of opening a full probate. But if the title company isn't going to insure the agreement, then it looks like you'll need to open a probate. And to do that, you really need to hire an attorney.

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  • How long do I have in the state of Oregon to be in a house if they evict me?

    My mother inlaw and father in law had a house built for my husband and I to take care of them. We have done that since 2007. They left the house to us in their living trust. My father in law passed away in 2008. We have been taking care of my moth...

    Robert’s Answer

    Eviction is a legal process, which takes around 1 to 3 weeks (depending on a lot of factors). It can't start until you've received a termination notice, which probably needs to give you another 60 days. Plenty of time to meet with your attorney, which is the next step you should be taking given this situation. Good luck.

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  • Can a seller of property get me for abandedment after I went to jail

    I went to jail and seller of property is trying to retake my property

    Robert’s Answer

    Abandonment of personal property, even if that's what you did here, doesn't give the seller of property any rights to it. If you're talking about a lease agreement, then you might have other issues. There's really not enough information here and you need to discuss the specifics with your own attorney.

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  • I have a buyer seller agreement and went to jail...the seller went in after I paid the rent and took all possessions of mine

    Needing to know my rights and how to keep my property

    Robert’s Answer

    You need to hire an attorney. Especially if you're in custody and can't deal with the other party in person.

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  • Can a seller take back property on my property after going to jail

    Was sold property and seller is trying to get me for abandenment

    Robert’s Answer

    Personal property or real property? Probably no they can't take it back in either case, but if something's been taken from you, you're really going to need your own attorney to deal with it. Advice isn't going to help.

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