The following protections have expired or been rescinded but are available here for reference.
Senate Bill 891
Oregon lawmakers broadened protections for tenants who have applied for emergency rental assistance by passing Senate Bill 891 (“SB 891”) on December 13, 2021. The law previously prevented a landlord from serving a termination notice for nonpayment of rent or engaging in an eviction court case for nonpayment of rent for a specified waiting time if that tenant had applied for emergency rental assistance. SB 891 removed the specified waiting time and prevents landlords from engaging in these actions as long as the application for emergency rental assistance is pending. Landlords are still required to attach a notice of the right to avoid termination and eviction for nonpayment of rent if documentation of the application for emergency rental assistance by the tenant is provided to the landlord. The notice has been updated to indicate the tenant keeps these protections as long as the application is still pending. These protections were extended through June 30, 2022.
Senate Bill 278
Oregon lawmakers then passed additional protections against evictions for nonpayment of rent for tenants who have applied for emergency rent assistance with Senate Bill 278 (“SB 278”) on June 22, 2021. This law prevents a landlord from serving a termination for nonpayment of rent or engaging in an eviction court case for nonpayment of rent if the tenant provides documentation that they have applied for emergency rent assistance. This law requires a landlord to attach a notice of the right to avoid termination and eviction for nonpayment of rent if documentation of the application for rent assistance by the tenant is provided to the landlord. These protections are in place until February 28, 2022. This law also changed the pay-out from the Landlord Compensation Fund from 80% of the past-due rent of qualified tenants to 100%. Finally, this law created a new source of compensation for landlords who delayed enforcement actions for nonpayment of rent due to SB 278 and whose tenants have been unable to secure rent assistance.
Senate Bill 282
Oregon lawmakers then amended the payment deadline for all rents accrued during this time with Senate Bill 282 (“SB 282”) on May 11, 2021. This amendment extended the grace period for repayment of balances until February 28, 2022. The extension went into effect on July 1, 2021 and extended the repayment timeline for all tenants, regardless of whether a written declaration of financially hardship was submitted or not. Regular rent payments resumed on July 1, 2021, however, tenants have more time to pay the accrued nonpayment balance. SB 282 also provides new protections for tenants including screening protections for tenants who were unable to pay their rent or who were involving in any kind of eviction court action during the emergency period. SB 282 also protects tenants, in certain situations, from being evicted or assessed a fee when they have guests stay in the rental unit for longer than the rules outlined in their lease.
House Bill 4401
Oregon lawmakers passed House Bill 4401 (“HB 4401”) on December 21, 2020. This Bill extended the emergency period under HB 4213 until December 31, 2020 and extend the eviction moratorium in certain circumstances to June 30, 2021. The Bill also created a Landlord Compensation Fund, and allocated money for tenant-based rental assistance.
Multnomah County Ordinance 1296
Multnomah County Board of Commissioners passed Ordinance 1296 on July 8, 2021. This Ordinance extends the 60-day grace period under SB 278 to 90 days for tenants living in Multnomah County.
Multnomah County Ordinance 1287 was adopted on September 24, 2020 to protect Multnomah County tenants. This Ordinance provided some additional protections than Oregon’s House Bill 4213 and 4401. It was rescinded on February 1, 2021.
The City of Portland adopted Ordinance 190156 to expand Multnomah County’s eviction moratorium to all areas of the city, including those in the legal boundaries of Portland but outside of Multnomah County. This Ordinance expired on February 1, 2021.
Executive Order 20-56
On September 28, 2020, Governor Brown signed Executive Order No. 20-56 which extended the state moratorium until December 31, 2020. This Executive Order did not create a new repayment grace period for rent that accrued between October 1 and December 31, 2020.
House Bill 4213
Oregon lawmakers passed House Bill 4213 (“HB 4213”) on June 26, 2020. This Bill extended the eviction moratorium until September 30, 2020 and created a six-month repayment period for deferred rent and other charges. It also clarified the process for landlords to send a notice of outstanding balance, offer payment plans and the use of other types of terminations without tenant cause.
- Executive Order 20-13
The Governor's Executive Order 20-13 created a state-wide temporary moratorium on certain evictions and terminations of rental agreements and leases in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This order was signed on April 1, 2020 and was in effect until June 30, 2020.