Legal News

Supreme Court Opens Door to Federal Court for Local Takings Claims

July 1, 2019

In a 5-4 decision penned by Chief Justice Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 21 expanded private property rights by providing a direct route to federal court when a property owner has a claim that a state or local government has taken property without just compensation in violation of the 5th Amendment of the ...

Notification of Illegal Drug Manufacturing

April 10, 2019

Site According to Oregon Law, the local government or the State has the power to notify neighbors of illegal drug manufacturing sites in the vicinity of their property. Urban neighbors within 300 feet of an illegal drug manufacturing site, and rural neighbors within a quarter of a mile, will receive the notice.

At the insistence ...

Building Permits

April 10, 2019

The Building Codes Division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has put out a public information press release regarding new provisions to the Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement asking sellers to disclose whether they had building permits for any remodeling done to the house. The press release implies there is some new law ...

The Homebuyer Protection Act (HPA)

April 10, 2019

The Homebuyer Protection Act (HPA), designed to protect home buyers from unrecorded construction liens, went into effect January 1, 2004 and was later amended in 2010.  The Act applies to all new home construction as well as recent major remodels. OAR offers risk management forms for the benefit of members as they navigate the HPA HPA Guidelines