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Right of Access to Public Roads: A Primer
A property owner’s right of access to an abutting public road is one of the more legally arcane sticks in the so-called “bundle of sticks” that constitute property rights. Known as a “common-law right of access,” the legal framework has developed via...
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Revisit a Lease Form with Lessons from the Pandemic in Mind
This was originally published in The Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon. COVID-19 affected businesses of all kinds, but few more completely than commercial landlords. The early months of the pandemic saw landlords and tenants alike carefully scrutiniz...
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Oregon Governor Issues Executive Order Related to Foreclosure Moratorium
On December 17, 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order related to Oregon’s foreclosure moratorium (HB 4204). Under Executive Order 20-67 (EO 20-67), Governor Brown determined that a state of emergency continues to exists in the State of...
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Oregon Presses Pause on Foreclosures, Payment Defaults, and Evictions
In an effort to provide relief to homeowners, businesses, landlords, and tenants affected by COVID-19, Governor Brown signed two bills that impose significant limitations on lenders and landlords. Under HB 4204, lenders cannot foreclose on loans secu...
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$55M to COVID-19-Impacted Tenants for Rent Relief
On Friday, June 5, a bipartisan committee of the Oregon Legislature unanimously made a series of decisions about how to spend $247 million in federal coronavirus relief as part of the CARES Act. The largest single element of the package is $55 milli...
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Strategies for Commercial Landlords to Manage Tenants in COVID-19 Distress
On Monday, the Seattle City Council passed Resolution 31940 calling on Governor Jay Inslee, federal legislators, and the Trump administration to impose an immediate moratorium on residential and commercial rent and mortgage payments. This resolution...
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