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Oregon Security Deposit
An Oregon landlord can make you pay a deposit for pets, cleaning, keys and security. You can try to work out the amount with the landlord. Some landlords may let you make several payments on the deposit instead of paying it all at once.

 If you paid a "refundable deposit," the landlord must return the deposit when you move out if you leave the place in good repair, pay the rent, and return the keys. The landlord does not have to return your deposit if it was clearly marked as a "nonrefundable fee" when you paid it. When you pay the deposit, ask for a receipt that shows you paid a "refundable deposit." Check the receipt, rental advertisement, cancelled check and other writing you may have to see whether the deposit was clearly labeled as a "nonrefundable fee."

Interest payments on a security deposit

In most cases, Oregon Landlords do not have to pay interest on your deposit.

Failure to Return Deposit in Oregon

Within 30 days after you move and return your keys, the landlord must either return all of your deposit or tell you in writing why all of it is not being refunded. Read your rental agreement to find out how the landlord may use the deposit money.

If the landlord does not return the right amount of your money, or does not give you a written explanation, you may sue asking for twice the amount wrongfully withheld. If the landlord refunds only part of the deposit, you can cash the check and still sue the landlord if you think you are owed more money. But you should be ready to defend yourself against a possible counterclaim by the landlord for property damages. 

Read Rentlaw.com's Normal Wear and Tear Guide for information on what to do when moving out to improve your chances of getting your deposit back. 


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