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COVID-19 Information for Oregon

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 

Effective Friday, May 15, 2020 can begin entering Phase I of reopening. In Phase I, counties can begin the limited reopening of the following sectors under specific safety guidelines:

  • Restaurants and bars for sit-down service
  • Personal care and services businesses, including barbers and salons
  • In-person gatherings of up to 25 people

State of Emergency 

Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on March 8.

Eviction

Executive Order

  • Action: Governor Kate Brown signed an executive order on March 22, 2020, declaring a statewide eviction moratorium through June 30th
  • Scope: Prohibits law enforcement from serving notices or executing writs of possession. Lease violations other than nonpayment are exempt.
  • COVID-19 Related Impact Requirement: No.
  • Residents Responsible for Rent: Yes.

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

Oregon lawmakers approved $12 million for rental assistance and safe shelter alternatives for individuals who have lost income due to COVID-19 and shelter for individuals at risk of infection or health problems due to inadequate shelter or housing. 

Rent Freeze

No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. Local rent regulation is preempted by ORS 91.225.

Price-Gouging Law

Under Oregon Code, § 401.965, it is unlawful to sell essential consumer goods or services for an unconscionably excessive price during a declaration of emergency. Excessive pricing is determined by whether the price exceeds, by 15 percent, the price of the good or service immediately prior to the declaration. The statutory language spells out essential goods and services as goods or services that may be bought for personal, family or household purposes, not limited to construction mater, shelter for payment such as a hotel room, food, water, petroleum and gas products.

Local Legal and Regulatory Information

Hillsboro

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

In partnership with non-profit Community Action, the city of Hillsboro will be establishing a $100,000 rental assistance program that will provide up to $1,200 in rental assistance per family impacted by COVID-19.

Additionally, effective March 23, 2020, the City of Hillsboro established a $1.1 million COVID-19 Response Fund. The fund creates a $500,000 Emergency Business grant that will award $5,000 grants to businesses with 10 employees or fewer; businesses that are a food and drink establishment, education or daycare facility, or businesses that rely on larger gatherings of people; and businesses that are open and operational, or are closed due to forced closure.

The fund also allocates $500,000 to a low-interest loan program in the works that will support small and medium sized businesses whose operations have been curtailed by COVID-19. Details of financing are still undetermined.

Jackson County

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

The Housing Authority of Jackson County will receive $375,002 in federal COVID-19 aid to help keep people housed and safe during the pandemic. The money is part of $5.7 million in grants going out to housing authorities across Oregon, and $1.25 billion being provided nationwide for rent assistance programs through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress.

Additionally, the United Way of Jackson County is providing more immediate emergency help for people struggling to pay rent and other bills — including the newly unemployed who haven’t been participants in voucher or subsidized housing programs.

The social services organization has received $330,704 in donations to its COVID-19 Fund and has distributed $210,871 so far to help families and individuals.

To donate or apply for help, see unitedwayofjacksoncounty.org.

Portland (Multnomah County)

Eviction

County Moratorium

On March 17, 2020, Multnomah County Board of Supervisors enacted an eviction moratorium. Housing providers will not be able to evict residents who have fallen behind on rental payments as a result of loss of income due to COVID-19. Renters in both jurisdictions (Portland and Multnomah County) will have six months to pay back the payments they have fallen behind on once the crisis is over, similar to San Francisco’s moratorium.