The Oregon Legislature passed a new bill (HB 4401) that extends the statewide eviction moratorium. This means that landlords cannot evict renters for nonpayment or without cause (with limited exceptions) until July of 2021. To be protected from eviction for nonpayment, renters must fill out and sign a Declaration of Financial Hardship for Eviction Protection form and give it to their landlords.
You can get a form in English, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese or Chinese at all library locations. No appointment is needed to pick up a form from the library. Forms can also be downloaded and printed from the Oregon Judicial Department website.
Additionally, renters can apply for rent assistance through community resources. You can find more information on the 211info COVID-19 Rent Relief (Multnomah County) and COVID-19 Rent Relief (statewide) websites. You can also contact 211info by calling 2.1.1 or 866.698.6155, by texting your zip code to 898211, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new moratorium also includes money for landlords to help pay back part of the rent. Landlords can contact Oregon Housing and Community Services for information on how to apply.
More information for renters and landlords, and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on this informational sheet from Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon.
If you need legal help or would like to talk to an attorney about your rights, you can contact the Legal Aid Services of Oregon Portland Regional Office at 503.224.4086 or 1.800.228.6958. The Oregon Law Help website also has a directory of legal aid resources across Oregon.
If you have other legal questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) law help: Legal resources during the pandemic might help. And you can always contact us with questions! It is against state law for library staff members to perform legal research or advise patrons regarding their legal rights, but we can help you get connected to the best resources for your needs.