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Currently both the state and the federal government have eviction moratoriums in place. Multnomah County also has an eviction moratorium. Read below for information on all three moratoriums. Scroll to the bottom for information on rent assistance programs.
STATE EVICTION MORATORIUM:
Effective 9/28/20 The Governor has issued a new Executive Order, ensuring that Oregon renters are protected from eviction until December 31, 2020. Landlords cannot evict tenants for nonpayment during this time.
Landlords also cannot use most kinds of no-cause notices until the end of the moratorium.
Landlords cannot charge late fees or other charges based on nonpayment of rent between April 1 and December 31, 2020. Landlords cannot report nonpayment of rent or fees to 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) or file for an eviction based on a termination without cause between April 1 and December 31.
Tenants continue to have a grace period (until March 31, 2021) to pay back rent that came due between April 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020. The grace period does not apply to rent that came due between October 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020. Unless a new law is passed between now and the end of December, that rent will have to be paid all at once in January. Please read more about this new eviction moratorium.
In June, the Oregon State Legislature issued Bill 4213 which temporarily prevents 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.
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: Effective September 4th, 2020 the Center for Disease Control has issued a nationwide eviction moratorium through December 31, 2020 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.
State. local, territorial and tribal authorities may impose regulations that exceed the protections offered in the federal moratorium
MULTNOMAH COUNTY EVICTION MORATORIUM: On September 24th, Multnomah County extended their eviction moratorium through January 8, 2021. This moratorium extension also includes a 6 month repayment grace period. The grace period begins the day after the moratorium ends. Please be aware that tenants may choose, but are not required to enter into a repayment agreement with their landlord. For more information, please refer to Multnomah County's COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium.
General Rent Assistance: In addition to COVID19 specific resources listed below, a general 211info specialist can help you find additional rent assistance in your area. https://www.211info.org/contact
To search our database for resources please visit https://www.211info.org/search-resources
Some counties or affiliate agencies have established COVID-19 specific rent relief programs for those financially impacted by the pandemic. Please note that all programs will vary in scope and intake process. Programs may open and close periodically. For additional rent resources, please contact us.
COVID-19 RENT RELIEF PROGRAMS BY COUNTY: