Eviction Moratorium

This information can change. Please double check resources and continue to monitor them for up to date information.

* Effective February 1, 2021- Multnomah County will rescind its moratorium to align with the statewide eviction moratorium. This means Multnomah county residents will need to sign the hardship declaration and will change repayment dates of back due rent.

Rent Repayment Due Dates Chart

Currently both the state and the federal government have eviction moratoriums in place.  

STATE EVICTION MORATORIUM:

House Bill 4401 extends the statewide eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021. Tenants must sign a declaration of hardship stating that all of the following are true:

• I can’t pay my all of the rent/ fees/ utilities that came due on or after April 1, 2020
• I have experienced one or more of the following financial hardships since March 16, 2020 that
impact my ability to pay rent/ fees/ utilities:
                 - Loss of household income (for example, if a family member moves out or loses a job)
                 - Increased medical expenses
                 - Loss of work or wages (including a layoff, reduced hours, or reduced pay)
                 - Increased childcare responsibilities or responsibilities to care for a person with a
                   disability or a person who is elderly, injured or sick (for example, taking care of                                 children who are not in school)
                 - Increased costs for childcare or caring for a person with a disability or a person who is
                    elderly, injured or sick
                 - Other circumstances that have reduced my income or increased my expenses
• If I receive any kind of public assistance, it isn’t enough to cover my increased expenses or loss
of income.
• I understand that I still owe rent to my landlord and will need to pay it at the end of the
moratorium.

Please find more information on the eviction moratorium and the declaration here.  After January 1, 2021, the declaration form will be available in several languages on the Oregon Judicial Department website.

During the moratorium, landlords cannot charge late fees or other charges based on nonpayment of rent or report non payment to the credit agencies. Landlords also cannot give notices of termination without cause (unless the landlord has sold the property or intends to move into the property).
Tenants who do not choose to sign the declaration continue to have a grace period (until March 31, 2021) to pay back rent that was originally due between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. 

In June, the Oregon State Legislature issued Bill 4213 which prevented most (but not all) residential and commercial evictions from moving forward until September 30, 2020.  Following the emergency period, all tenants have a 6 month grace period that ends on March 31, 2021 to repay the outstanding non payment balance.

Summary of Bill 4213

House Bill 4213

The Community Alliance of Tenants has put together a brief fact sheet on the eviction moratorium, including handouts in English, Spanish, Arabic and Vietnamese.  https://www.oregoncat.org/legal-protections-for-tenants

Different rules may apply depending on the county that you live in. You can call your county info line or visit their website (Oregon Blue Book, look under Local Government) for more information.

FEDERAL EVICTION MORATORIUM: On December 21, Congress acted to extend the nationwide eviction moratorium through January 31, 2021. On September 4th, 2020 the Center for Disease Control has issued a nationwide eviction moratorium for covered individuals or households. In order to be eligible for the protections afforded by this moratorium an individual must meet these guidelines:

  • The individual has used best efforts to obtain all available government assistance for rent or housing
  • The individual either (i) expects to earn no more than $99,000 in annual income for Calendar Year 2020 (or no more than $198,000 if filing a joint tax return), (ii) was not required to report any income in 2019 to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, or (iii) received an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check)
  • The individual is unable to pay the full rent or make a full housing payment due to substantial loss of household income, loss of compensable hours of work or wages, a lay-off, or extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • The individual is using best efforts to make timely partial payments that are as close to the full payment as the individual's circumstances may permit, taking into account other nondiscretionary expenses
  • Eviction would likely render the individual homeless or force the individual to move into and live in close quarters in a new congregate or shared living setting because the individual has no other available housing options

Please visit the CDC site for the full declaration as well to as to review or utilize the tenant declaration form available on the site.

Full CDC Moratorium Declaration & Tenant Declaration

State, local, territorial and tribal authorities may impose regulations that exceed the protections offered in the federal moratorium