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Executive Order Prevents Residential Evictions for Nonpayment Until 2021

This week, Governor Brown issued Executive Order 20-56 establishing a new statewide moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment and other no-cause evictions between September 30 and December 31, 2020. Landlords cannot evict tenants for nonpayment during this time.

The order also prevents landlords from using most no-cause notices until the end of the moratorium. Landlords cannot charge late fees or other charges based on nonpayment of rent between April 1 and December 31, 2020 and cannot report nonpayment of rent or fees to credit agencies. Landlords also cannot give notices of termination without cause (unless the landlord has sold the property or intends to move into the property), or file for an eviction based on a termination without cause between April 1 and December 31.

The grace period for repayment established in HB 4213 still applies. Tenants have a grace period (until March 31, 2021) to pay back rent that came due between April 1 and September 30, 2020. The grace period does not apply to rent that came due between October 1 and December 31, 2020.

If, after September 30, a landlord sends a tenant a notice to pay the outstanding balance, the tenant must notify the landlord of the intent to use the six-month repayment period by the date stated in their notice. A tenant’s failure to tell their landlord that they will be utilizing the repayment period could result in a penalty equal to half of one month’s rent.

Additional guidance and resources for tenants are available through the Oregon Law Center.

Contact: Ariel Nelson, Lobbyist – anelson@orcities.org

Last Updated 10/2/20

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