With the impacts of COVID-19 many people are struggling to pay rent and may be facing eviction. Here are some resources to help you get the information you need to navigate this difficult situation.
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Current Oregon Statewide Eviction Moratorium for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 through December 31, 2020
“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. .”
This Handout from Oregon Law Help goes over specific tenant obligations under this law and includes a very useful Frequently Asked Questions section. Keep in mind that this law covers eviction for nonpayment of rent and no cause terminations, but landlords are still allowed to give a tenant a notice based on a violation of the rental agreement.
Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the issuance of an Order under
Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.”This Order is effective September 4th through December 31, 2020. Keep in mind that it covers eviction for nonpayment of rent and no cause terminations, but landlords are still allowed to give a tenant a notice based on a violation of the rental agreement. Read the entire order here.
Who to Contact for Help
Community Alliance of Tenants
They have a Renter's Rights Hotline, Know Your Rights information on their website, eviction support, and more help for tenants.
Resources from the Oregon State Bar:
Landlord and Tenant Law - A great general resource about the law in Oregon. Sections are available on Residential Eviction Notices, Residential Evictions, and Residential Eviction Defenses. New Rules for Landlords this pamphlet outlines tenant protections in SB 608 (passed in February of 2019).
Termination Notices & Eviction
Legal Aid Services of Oregon created this 39 page guide for tenants to help them defend against an eviction. The guide was written pre-pandemic, but does take into account Portland-specific ordinances.
It can be very difficult to prove you're being discriminated against in housing, but the Fair Housing Council of Oregon is the resource for all things related to housing discrimination, for both consumers and providers.