On March 17, 2020, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury announced a temporary moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment of rent due to wage loss resulting from COVID-19. Through this moratorium, we aim to avoid subjecting more people to homelessness during this economic and public health emergency.
In order to reduce confusion and continue ensuring people don't lose their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of County Commissioners voted on April 16, 2020 to align the County's policy with Oregon’s statewide eviction moratorium.
Find more information about the moratorium below.
Can't pay rent?
If you are a residential tenant unable to pay your rent during the COVID-19 state of emergency, you can't be evicted for nonpayment. You should tell your landlord you can’t pay your rent as soon as you reasonably can. You do not have to provide proof.
Multnomah County residents will have a six-month grace period for paying back rent after the state of emergency ends.
If you rent your home in Multnomah County
- The moratorium protects any Multnomah County resident unable to pay rent from being evicted during the County’s state of emergency.
- It does not protect residential tenants evicted for any other lawful purpose.
- Tell your landlord you can’t pay as soon as you reasonably can.
- You do not have to tell your landlord on or before the first of the month. This will apply retroactively to any rent that was due in April.
- 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.
- You will still have a six-month repayment grace period after the emergency declaration ends.
- If you are able to pay rent when it’s due, you should pay your 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.