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COVID-19 Information for Oklahoma

The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.

State and Local Affiliates

Please remember to use your state or local apartment association as the primary resource for the most up-to-date information on your responsibilities. Find your local affiliate.

State Legal and Regulatory Information

We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws and other policy issues.

Shelter in Place

The Shelter-in-Place Order in Oklahoma was set to expire on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The provision requiring the closure of non-essential businesses was set to expire on Thursday, April 30, 2020. However, Governor Stitt announced a plan for re-opening the economy and on Friday, May 15, 2020, Oklahoma moved into Phase 2 of Governor Stitt’s three-phase plan to re-open the economy.

Oklahoma is set to move in to Phase 3 on Monday, June 1, 2020 assuming hospital and incident rates continue to remain at a manageable level statewide. Phase 3 will resume unrestricted staffing on worksites.

State of Emergency 

Governor Kevin Stitt declared a state of emergency on March 15, 2020.

Eviction

Supreme Court Order

  • Action: The Supreme Court of Oklahoma order staying civil cases is ambiguous regarding its application to eviction cases. Many county-level district courts have stayed civil cases, but explicitly exempted forcible detainer and entry proceedings. The Supreme Court has closed all courts to public and extended court deadlines and the statute of limitations through 5/15/20, but has stated they will begin to run and courts will begin to schedule non-jury hearings on 5/16. The court has also stated that orders issued from 3/16 to 5/15 are presumptively valid and enforceable, which means that the over 1500 orders of eviction issued since the beginning of the pandemic will be enforceable once law enforcement personnel are available.

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

No statewide emergency rental assistance for Oklahoma.

Rent Freeze

No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level.  Local rent regulation is preempted by Oklahoma Statutes Title 11. Cities and Towns § 11-14-101.1.

Price Gouging Law

Under Oklahoma Code § 15.777.4, it is unlawful to sell, rent, or lease any goods or services, including dwelling units, at a rate of 10 percent more than a good or services price immediately prior to the declaration of emergency. This statutory language holds for the duration of a declaration of emergency and for 30 days thereafter. Upon expiration of the state of emergency, no individual shall sell, rent, or lease any goods or services, including dwelling units, at a rate of 10 percent more than good or services price immediately prior to the declaration of emergency. This statutory language holds for 180 days proceeding the expiration of a state of emergency.