Updated September 1, 2020
On June 26, 2020, the Oregon State Legislature passed HB 4213, extending the statewide moratorium on evictions for both residential and commercial properties until September 30, 2020. The bill also gives renters until March 31, 2021 to pay back rent owed.
Find more information about the moratorium below.
Can't pay rent?
If you are a tenant in Oregon unable to pay your rent, you can't be evicted for nonpayment during the moratorium. You do not have to provide proof that you can’t pay.
Tenants will have a six-month repayment grace period, which lasts from Oct. 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, to pay back rent from the moratorium period. During the repayment grace period, tenants will be required to pay their current rent as it comes due, in addition to any back rent they may owe.
If you rent your home
- The moratorium protects any renter unable to pay rent from being evicted until Sept. 30, 2020.
- The moratorium also protects any renter from being evicted without cause until Sept. 30, 2020.
- It does not protect residential tenants evicted for any other lawful purpose, but a landlord must inform their tenant of the reason for the eviction..
- If you are able to pay rent when it’s due, you should pay your rent.
- You do not have to provide proof of income loss to your landlord.
- Save all documentation, however, so you can qualify for any possible state or federal rent assistance programs.
- The repayment grace period starts after the moratorium is lifted. You will have from Oct. 1, 2020 March 31, 2021 to pay back rent from the moratorium period.
- During the repayment grace period, you will be required to pay your current rent as it comes due, in addition to any back rent you may owe.
- Landlords who violate any part of the eviction moratorium law can be sued by the tenant for an amount up to three times the monthly rent.
- Seek legal advice or support from community resources like the Community Alliance of Tenants or Legal Aid Services of Oregon if your landlord threatens to evict you, applies late fees, or you need more guidance.
- Landlords and their residential tenants can enter into payment plans if both parties are willing. There is no legal requirement to enter into a payment plan.