On December 21, the Oregon Legislature extended the current eviction moratorium in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in certain circumstances, created a Landlord Compensation Fund, and allocated money for rental assistance.
House Bill 4401 prohibits landlords from terminating rental agreements for nonpayment of rent and many terminations without cause under ORS 90.427 between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021. In order to be protected from termination for nonpayment of rent, a tenant must submit a written declaration of financial hardship to their landlord.
House Bill 4401 also creates a Landlord Compensation Fund. The Landlord Compensation Fund allows landlords to apply directly to Oregon Housing and Community Services for compensation of the deferred nonpayment balances owed by all of their tenants. In addition, House Bill 4401 allocates money for tenant-initiated rental assistance.
Tenants that accrue nonpayment balances during the emergency period of April 1, 2020 through December 31 2020 have until March 31, 2021 to pay their housing providers. HB 4401 extends the repayment period for any rent accrued in the extended state emergency period (April 1, 2020-June 30, 2021) to July 1, 2021 for those tenants that submit a written declaration of financial hardship to their landlord.
There is a separate moratorium applying to tenants of Multnomah County and City of Portland that may offers additional protections. View the FAQ on the Multnomah County Eviction Moratorium here.