Querin Law

Phil Querin Q&A: Dealing with Unpaid Rents Today

 

Question:  We had a resident that we entered into a stipulated judgment agreement with on March 6, 2020.  This was prior to tenants having the ability to claim financial hardship or having the Moratorium in place. They paid 2 payments but stopped paying the terms of the agreement as well as not paying their current rent payments. Are they protected under the financial hardship provisions of the Moratorium? Are we required to send them the Declaration of Financial Hardship? Can we file an Affidavit of Non-compliance due to the resident not complying with the stipulated agreement? 

 

 

 

Phil Querin Q&A: Use of MHCO Form 42 (10-day Notice for Nonpayment of Rent)

 

Question:  In reviewing MHCO Form 42, the new 10-day notice, which replaces the old 72-hour notice, we’re told not to use it without consulting an attorney to determine if the Moratorium is still in effect. Isn’t it still in effect until 7/1/2021?

Editor's Note:  The revised Form 42 notice and Forms 110 and 111 are ATTACHED to Phil's article under "Community Updates".  The forms are not uploaded under "Forms".  


 

 

Phil Querin: City of Portland’s New Relocation Assistance Protections for Renters with Rent Increases

 

The City of Portland continues to tighten its grip on local landlords. It has temporarily amended its housing code to provide thatif anyrent increase effective between September 16, 2020 and March 31, 2021 is received and the tenant is unable to pay the increased amount, the renter is potentially eligible for Relocation Assistance from the landlord. See: Portland City Code,  PCC 30.01.085

 

Phil Querin Q&A: When is a Hazard Tree Not a Hazard Tree? Who is Responsible?

A tree that was never known by anyone including the tenant, or the landlord, to be considered a “hazard tree” prior to a windstorm, later falls and does no damage.  This tree was neither planted by the current tenant, nor the community.[1]  

 

Question No. 1. Given that there was no negligence by anyone, is the damage done by the windstorm considered an Act of God?

 

Question No. 2. With the tree now uprooted and lying on the ground, does it now present a hazard or meet the definition of a “hazard tree” thereby shifting the obligation to “maintain” a hazard tree to the Landlord?

 

Question No. 3. Does maintaining a tree include tree removal?

 

Question No. 4. Who is legally responsible to pay the expenses associated with the disposal of the tree?

 

 

Phil Querin Q&A: Landlord vs. Tenant Responsibility For Condition of Grounds (Ant Infestation In Resident Home)

 

Question:  A resident in our community has ants in her home. She says they are coming from the ground around the home and has had an exterminator out who confirms that the infestation is coming from the ground.  The resident demands that we pay for the exterminator and that the infestation be controlled at the expense of management. WE do not believe it is our responsibility.  What are your thoughts?

 

 

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