Updated May 9, 2020

Temporary moratoriums on residential evictions

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday, April 16, to clarify the County’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium while also continuing to protect residential tenants.

Eviction moratorium information

Commissioners originally passed a moratorium on residential evictions on March 19, to make sure that people would not lose their homes because of the COVID-19 crisis. Then, on April 1, Gov. Kate Brown issued a statewide eviction moratorium with several provisions that differed from the County’s. The April 16 vote in support of a new eviction moratorium ordinance suspends enforcement of the County’s original ordinance in favor of adopting the statewide order.

Property Managers

Below you’ll find information for managers and staff at apartment buildings, condominiums, and residential communities.

  • Encourage physical distancing.
  • Encourage staff and residents to wear cloth face coverings in shared spaces.
  • Close or limit access to common areas. 
  • Increase frequency of cleaning and disinfecting. 
  • Properly maintain and disinfect pools and hot tubs.
  • Cancel in-person meetings and gatherings of residents and employees. 
  • Post health information for staff and residents, including proper hand hygiene. 
  • Encourage residents to make social connections by phone or online and to postpone nonessential visits.
  • Conduct regular health checks with staff and make sure staff who are sick stay home.

Residents who are sick

If you have a suspected or confirmed case in a building, it is not necessary to alert residents about possible cases. Please protect that individual’s privacy. Health officials will work with the ill individual to identify and reach anyone who could be at risk. 

Maintenance staff

  • Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas. Frequently-touched surfaces  — doorknobs, elevator buttons, light switches, railings, washers, dryers — should be cleaned multiple times a day.
  • Visit the CDC and Multnomah County for more information on cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Make garbage cans available for used tissues and paper towels.
  • Keep bathrooms stocked with soap and paper towels.
  • Limit maintenance work inside individual units as much as possible. Check in with residents to make sure they aren’t sick before you enter a unit.
  • Keep 6 feet between you and residents when doing maintenance work. 
  • Follow basic prevention including:
    • Wash hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entering a unit. Wear clean gloves if possible.
    • Wear a cloth face covering if you can.
    • Disinfect all work surfaces before leaving a unit.
    • Limit the amount of equipment you bring into the unit to essential items only and disinfect after use.

Resources

City of Portland resources for landlords and tenants

Financial assistance for utilities and rent

Multnomah County Health Department COVID-19 Resource Posters