Tenants: Pay your July rent to stay in your home
The landscape is changing for Oregon tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Oregon’s statewide eviction moratorium expires June 30, 2021. And that means, starting July 1, you will need to pay your current rent each month to avoid being evicted.
You do NOT have to immediately pay any back rent you might owe. You still have until February 2022 to pay any missed rent from April 2020 to June 2021.
There is hope: Oregon, Multnomah County and the City of Portland continue to receive significant sums of federal rent assistance to help households who might be struggling.
If you need help, including help with paying back rent, learn more or apply for any available assistance at
- Oregon: oregonrentalassistance.org
- City of Portland: portland.gov/phb/rentrelief
Multnomah County: multco.us/rentrelief
Help is available – even if you receive an eviction notice
If you receive an eviction notice for nonpayment of rent after July 1, 2021, call 211 immediately if you’re not already working with a community provider around obtaining rent assistance.
211 can connect you with information and resources on rapid-payment rent assistance as a last defense against eviction.
Landlords: Help yourselves by helping your tenants
Be aware: Wednesday, June 23, 2021, marks the last day for landlords to apply for direct help through Oregon’s Landlord Compensation Fund. Go to lcf.oregon.gov.
Please work with your tenants to keep them in place so they can apply for help with back rent. Landlords who evict their tenants for nonpayment in July or beyond have a more difficult time receiving payment for back rent that would otherwise be paid through rent assistance.
Help your tenants apply for assistance and proactively prepare necessary documents:
- Give your tenants your valid and active email address, phone number, the business name (if applicable) and address. Be aware that emails can end up in your junk/spam folder.
- Provide a copy of their current lease. If possible, email your tenant a scan of these documents.
- Provide a ledger or rent due statement. It’s particularly helpful if it is broken out by month.
- If your tenant has income-qualified for other affordable housing or low-income assistance, share a copy of the eligibility determination letter with the tenant dated January 1, 2020, or later.