How to legally determine prorated rent in Portland, OR

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Old Dec 8th, 2010, 12:30 PM   #1
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My landlord is trying to pro-rate rent in a weird way, and I think it's just so he can collect more money from me. I've never seen it done this way: Rent of $995.00 X 12 months = $11,940.00 divided by 365 days in the year = $32.71 a day X 19 days = $$621.49
The only two ways I've ever seen rent prorated are: 1) rent divided by # days in the month times number of days stayed or 2) 30 day "banker's calendar", such that we just use 30 days to determine pro-rated amount.
Please advise on if it is even legal to charge it the way he is trying. Thank you!
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Old Dec 8th, 2010, 02:02 PM   #2
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Hi Portland.. will the answer you got on the Avvo site is correct...

The Oregon Realestate Agency accepts either method as long as the LL uses it consistantly...

As I practice in both Ore and Wa.. his is the one I see most LL using as it eleminates the leap year/ 31 or 30 day month and makes the proration uniform

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My landlord is trying to pro-rate rent in a weird way, and I think it's just so he can collect more money from me. I've never seen it done this way: Rent of $995.00 X 12 months = $11,940.00 divided by 365 days in the year = $32.71 a day X 19 days = $$621.49
The only two ways I've ever seen rent prorated are: 1) rent divided by # days in the month times number of days stayed or 2) 30 day "banker's calendar", such that we just use 30 days to determine pro-rated amount.
Please advise on if it is even legal to charge it the way he is trying. Thank you!
I don't get what you're even complaining about here.

If you figure rent based on a standard 30-day month, the daily rate would be:
$33.27 a day x 19 days =$630.17

vs. LL's way:
$32.71 a day X 19 days = $621.49

Seems to me that you are making a fuss over something that is complete nonsense. The LLs "weird" way actually charges you LESS. Thank the LL for crediting you with the extra $9 and change doing it his way and stop being ridiculous.
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I'm not complaining about what my landlord is charging me. The math didn't add up for me, and I like to know laws regarding tenancy both for my own protection and because I like learning new things. I appreciate any LEGAL advice, but not necessarily the subjective commentary.


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I don't get what you're even complaining about here.

If you figure rent based on a standard 30-day month, the daily rate would be:
$33.27 a day x 19 days =$630.17

vs. LL's way:
$32.71 a day X 19 days = $621.49

Seems to me that you are making a fuss over something that is complete nonsense. The LLs "weird" way actually charges you LESS. Thank the LL for crediting you with the extra $9 and change doing it his way and stop being ridiculous.
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My landlord is trying to pro-rate rent in a weird way, and I think it's just so he can collect more money from me. I've never seen it done this way: Rent of $995.00 X 12 months = $11,940.00 divided by 365 days in the year = $32.71 a day X 19 days = $$621.49
The only two ways I've ever seen rent prorated are: 1) rent divided by # days in the month times number of days stayed or 2) 30 day "banker's calendar", such that we just use 30 days to determine pro-rated amount.
Please advise on if it is even legal to charge it the way he is trying. Thank you!
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I'm not complaining about what my landlord is charging me. The math didn't add up for me, and I like to know laws regarding tenancy both for my own protection and because I like learning new things. I appreciate any LEGAL advice, but not necessarily the subjective commentary.
Your question really had nothing to do with tenancy, it had EVERYTHING to do with simple math.

Just because the math was being done in a different manner than you are accustomed to, you assumed it had to be somehow illegal. That's the reason you asked the question, right?

And when you say that "the math didn't add up" for you, you believed that what the LL was charging you was MORE, not less ("I think it's just so he can collect more money from me "). I think that the problem here has nothing to do with the legality of how the LL chose to calculate the prorated rent, and has EVERYTHING to do with you not properly adding up the figures yourself. You jumped to the conclusion that the LL was somehow out to rip you off, when in reality, their different way of figuring the prorated rent is actually in your favor.

Sorry, but I stand by my original response. It's not a question of whether this is legal, it's a question of whether or not you can do the math. Perfectly legal to do it his way. Still don't know why you're even asking the question (unless you're worried that he is going to come back and demand MORE from you later on?)...
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