In Oregon, if someone files an eviction case against you, that eviction case shows up in Oregon’s court records forever.
It doesn’t matter if someone was a good tenant.
It doesn’t matter if a landlord made a mistake.
It doesn’t matter if a landlord was illegally discriminating.
It doesn’t matter if the tenant won the eviction case.
It doesn’t matter if a landlord wrote down the wrong name in her paperwork.
It doesn’t matter how long ago it all happened.
But maybe it should – because having an eviction case show up on your background search can be a major problem for a tenant. It can mean higher rent, bigger deposits, or often just rejection after rejection when you’re trying to find a new home.
Most landlords don’t know that they’re not legally allowed to consider eviction cases that are more than five years old. And even if a landlord does know this, when they run a tenant’s background check the report often fails to do a good job of explaining whether the tenant won or lost the case. But landlords use these reports to deny tenants housing every day.