You need to read Oregon's LL/tenant laws! Read them over several times--it will be one of the most worthwhile 3 hrs you spend-- and could save you thousands. Google ORS 90 and use the state website. http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/090.html
I am an Oregon landlord- I read the code through at least once a year-- they change.
from the ORS90;
90.304 Statement of reasons for denial; remedy for noncompliance. (1) If a landlord requires an applicant to pay an applicant screening charge and the application is denied, or if an applicant makes a written request following the landlord’s denial of an application, the landlord must promptly provide the applicant with a written statement of one or more reasons for the denial.
(2) The landlord’s statement of reasons for denial required by subsection (1) of this section may consist of a form with one or more reasons checked off. The reasons may include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) Rental information, including:
(A) Negative or insufficient reports from references or other sources.
(B) An unacceptable or insufficient rental history, such as the lack of a reference from a prior landlord.
(C) A prior action for possession under ORS 105.105 to 105.168 that resulted in a general judgment for the plaintiff or an action for possession that has not yet resulted in dismissal or general judgment.
(D) Inability to verify information regarding a rental history.
(b) Criminal records, including:
(A) An unacceptable criminal history.
(B) Inability to verify information regarding criminal history.
(c) Financial information, including:
(A) Insufficient income.
(B) Negative information provided by a consumer credit reporting agency.
(C) Inability to verify information regarding credit history.
(d) Failure to meet other written screening or admission criteria.
(e) The dwelling unit has already been rented.
(3) If a landlord fails to comply with this section, the applicant may recover from the landlord $100. [2005 c.391 §31]