If you rent or own property in Oregon, state law protects you from eviction or foreclosure during the COVID-19 emergency through September 30, 2020. Here’s what you need to know about the new laws:

For Renters:

  • Tenants can defer paying their rent between April 1-September 30, 2020. Landlords cannot evict tenants for nonpayment during this time.
  • Tenants will have a six-month grace period (until March 31, 2021) to pay back the deferred rent. Starting on October 1, tenants need to pay their rent each month under the terms of the rental
    agreement. But tenants have six months to pay back rent that built up before October.
  • Landlords cannot charge late fees or other charges based on nonpayment of rent between April 1-September 30, 2020.
  • Landlords cannot give notices of termination without cause or file for an eviction based on a termination without cause between
    April 1 and September 30.
  • Starting October 1, 2020 a landlord can also give a notice to the tenant requiring that the tenant tell the landlord within 14 days if the tenant plans to use the six-month grace period to pay back any rent owing.
    • It is extremely important that tenants respond to this notice.
    • If a tenant does not tell the landlord that they plan to use the six-month grace period to pay back the deferred rent, the landlord can charge the tenant half a month’s rent as a penalty. Tenants can notify their landlord that they plan to use the six-month grace period by text, email, letter,or verbally. But tenants should be sure to keep a record of all of their communications with their landlords about their rent repayments. Click here for a sample letter.
  • Click here for answers to frequently asked questions
  • NeighborImpact may be able to help pay your rent. Click here to learn about NeighborImpact’s COVID Rent Relief program

For Home Owners: