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Letter to the Editor: Renters have rights to

— To the editor:

A single, asthmatic mother of three lived across the street. She told the landlord about skunks under the house, he refused to do anything. They moved, lived here and there with relatives. It was too disruptive to the kids. She came back. The first night back, the friend gets a call from the 6- year-old “Mom was coughing but now she’s not.”

She had died of an asthma attack.

There are things renters can legally expect. You can go online under Oregon Rental laws or ask the ladies at the library they can point you in the right direction.

Oregon Rental Laws #90.320:

(f) all areas under control of the landlord kept in every part safe for normal and reasonably foreseeable uses, clean, sanitary and free from all accumulations of debris, filth, rubbish, garbage, rodents and vermin. And:

A landlord who knew or should have known about the conditions posing an imminent and serious threat to the health or safety of the occupants may be liable

Legal editor: Janay Haas, July 2009;

Updated October 2011 by Ed Johnson

I think too many people rush to sue others. But in this instance I would.

The kids are from a large and loving family and are safe. But we know about school supplies, bicycles, scout uniforms, music lessons, field trips, and later, college or trade school.

If it were one of mine, Goddess forbid, I’d do it out of rage and want of retribution. I know what you send out you get back. But it’d be worth it.

Esther Esson

The Dalles


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