Oregon Statutes - Chapter 90 - Residential Landlord and Tenant - Section 90.390 - Discrimination against tenant or applicant; tenant defense.

(1) A landlord may not discriminate against a tenant in violation of local, state or federal law, including ORS 346.630, 346.660, 346.690, 659A.145 and 659A.421.

(2) If the tenant can prove that the landlord violated subsection (1) of this section, the tenant has a defense in any discriminatory action brought by the landlord against the tenant for possession, unless the tenant is in default in rent.

(3) A tenant may prove a landlordís discrimination in violation of ORS 659A.145 or 659A.421 by demonstrating that a facially neutral housing policy has a disparate adverse impact on persons based on the characteristics described in ORS 659A.145 or 659A.421.

(4) A landlord may not discriminate against an applicant solely because the applicant was a defendant in an action for possession pursuant to ORS 105.105 to 105.168 that was dismissed or that resulted in general judgment for the defendant prior to the application. This subsection does not apply if the prior action has not resulted in a dismissal or general judgment at the time of the application. If the landlord knowingly acts in violation of this subsection, the applicant may recover actual damages or $200, whichever is greater. [1993 c.369 §24; 1997 c.577 §22; 2003 c.378 §12; 2005 c.391 §32; 2007 c.903 §14]

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