Oregon House Bill 2585 – Determines if Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are Personal Property or a Fixture

This rule applies even to charging stations installed before the effective date

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

canstockphoto25627726electric car charging(December 28, 2015) – The use of vehicles that require electric charging is becoming increasingly common. House Bill 2585 modifies the authority granted to the owner of a lot in a planned community or unit in a condominium to install and use for personal use an electric vehicle charging station. Oregon courts have identified the following factors in determining whether a charging station is personal property or a fixture:

  1. Whether the personal property is physically annexed to the real property;
  2. Whether the personal property is specifically adapted to the property; and
  3. Whether the person attaching the personal property objectively intended the personal property to become part of the real property when they attached it.

House Bill 2585, in essence, states that the owner of the unit, in installing the electric vehicle charging station, intended the installation to be the personal property of the property owner of the lot. This is the presumption unless the owner and the association have negotiated that the installation will be that of the homeowner’s association. This rule applies even to charging stations that were installed before the effective date of the law.

This law became effective June 4, 2015.


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Jeff Sorg is a co-founder of OnlineEd®, an online real estate, mortgage broker, and vocational school founded in 1997, where he also serves as Chief Executive Officer, and School Director. Sorg holds vocational and post-secondary school instructor licenses in several states and has authored numerous real estate continuing education and pre-licensing courses and has been awarded the International Distance Education Certification Center's CDEi Designation for distance education. Memberships include ARELLO (Association of Real Estate License Law Officials), the National Association of REALTORS®, Oregon Association of REALTORS®, and Portland Metro Association of REALTORS®. Awards and service include REALTOR® Emeritus in the National Association, Life Member award in Portland Metro Association and Chairperson of the Oregon Real Estate Forms Committee. OnlineEd® provides real estate, mortgage broker, insurance, and contractor pre-license, post-license, continuing education, career enhancement, and professional development and designation courses over the Internet.