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Okay, so my situation is a bit of a hectic one. I reside in a house which I share with roommates. Currently, two of them are moving out, one being a co-tenant and the other a roommate. The co-tenant has missed his portion of rent both this month and last month. So far, our landlord has been somewhat understanding (the co-tenant goes to school and receives money every 3 months, I am on disability) but has shown up drunk and belligerent twice in the past two weeks, demanding that the house pay him, not the person who actually owes the money. I have tried explaining things to him, (the co-tenant has put in his 30 day notice and then promptly vanished to a friends house with no word of payment or anything) and have even offered to give him the address where he can find the co-tenant to get his portion of money. I cannot afford to pay the money the co-tenant owes. He then proceeds to yell at me and slams his walking stick on the ground and whatever is in reach, including my car before I sold it, and yells over me as loud as he can when I try to talk to him. My boyfriend has witnessed this both times, and wont leave my side when the landlord comes around for fear of my safety. On the second occasion of this happening, I asked my boyfriend to grab one of our roommates so he could hear what was going on and vouch in case we needed to call the cops. As soon as my landlord heard me ask for a third party to hear everything, he stumbled back to his car and left. I don't feel safe when he comes around, to the point that I bolt for my bedroom whenever he shows up and have to fight back a panic attack. He treats me like I am less than worthy of his time and attention, besides being yelled at.  So, my question is, what can I do about our landlord without fear of retaliation? Besides the co-tenant, I am the only one on the lease.

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Hi Brittany,

You should check your lease agreement. Some agreements will divide up the costs between roommates, and sometimes they will say that every roommate is responsible for the entire rent. Regarding your landlord, you are entitled to quiet enjoyment of the rental property. I suggest you consult with a local attorney and review the Oregon landlord tenant laws here:

http://www.osbar.org/public/legalinfo/tenant.html

Thanks for your question.

David Piotrowski
Attorney at Law
http://www.AttorneyDavid.com

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David Piotrowski, Esq.

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My landlord/tenant practice primarily assists California landlords with all aspects of the landlord/tenant relationship including leases, contract violations, non-payment of rent, and evictions. I can also advise, on a more general level, other real property issues.

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