Eviction Moratorium in the City of Portland, County of Multnomah, and the State of Oregon

The current effect of Eviction Moratoriums on Landlords in Oregon

Unfortunately, the most stringent eviction moratorium applies in the area where the home is located. Homes in the City of Portland, need to look at the eviction moratoriums of, The City of Portland, Multnomah County, The State of Oregon and the Federal Government.

The City of Portland, County of Multnomah, and the State of Oregon do not have any requirements the tenant have an underlying COVID related reason for non payment. It is the Federal Government, specifically the CDC that contains provisions requiring a tenant to submit under penalty of perjury a letter to the landlord.

There is a special session of the Legislative Counsel meeting in Oregon on Monday December 21, 2020. They will decide if the State will extend the eviction moratorium through June 30th, 2021. Such an extension, regardless of the outcome, will not limit the impact of the City of Portland or the County of Multnomah eviction moratorium. However, there are some landlord monetary relief provisions in the proposed State bill. It’s too early to tell how that will pan out, if the relief is under funded (I believe it is), which landlords if any will have a priority claim, or if accessing the funds would invalidate active evictions. The bill does require the landlord to waive 20% of the outstanding amount to participate.

I oppose this bill and submitted testimony to support a ban on any and all eviction moratoriums. 

We are active and watching closely.

As always, I am not an attorney and this is not legal advise.