Does my shop/storage unit landlord have grounds to evict me or is he harassing and discriminating against me?

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Does my shop/storage unit landlord have grounds to evict me or is he harassing and discriminating against me?

I have a small shop in a storage and rental complex. The tenants are a mix of small shops and storage units. My landlord called me today on an allegation from a tenant who alleges I was blocking other units with a vehicle. On the phone, I told my landlord that I have other witnesses who agree that I was not blocking anyone. Without verify the allegation, my landlord told me that he was going to evict me. I am not using the space in front of my unit in a way different from other tenants and have photos to back me up. What are my rights? Can I be singled out and evicted or is he discriminating?

Asked on August 9, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Oregon

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

IF you are denying other tenants the use of their space, that could provide grounds to evict you if you do not cease doing so after notice to stop doing it. But if you are not in fact doing that, the landlord would not be able to evict you--as a general matter of law, that is. You also need to reference the lease for the space, to see what it says and what eviction rights the landlord does and does not posses.


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