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Eviction Protections Extended

Renters unable to pay urged to sign hardship form

2/1/2021, 4:11 p.m.
Multnomah County is urging renters who are unable to pay rent to declare a financial hardship in order to qualify ...
Multnomah County offers a program offering protection from eviction for renters facing financial hardship. Under the current policy adopted Feb. 1, renters will have until July 1 to pay back the money they owe.

Multnomah County is urging renters who are unable to pay rent to declare a financial hardship in order to qualify for protection from eviction.

Renters must sign the official form and submit it to their landlord in order to be covered by the moratorium's protections, which started on Monday, Feb. 1, officials said. The form can be downloaded at multco.us/covid-eviction. Paper copies are also available at any Multnomah County Library site.

Once a qualified renter has given the signed form to their landlord, the landlord cannot file, threaten to file or complete an eviction against them for nonpayment until June 30.

To be protected, tenants must affirm in the sworn declaration that they are unable to pay their rent because of financial hardship occurring on or after March 16, 2020. Renters will have until July 1 to pay back the money they owe.

Multnomah County officials said all options are on the table for the Board of County Commissioners to take additional action to protect renters beyond June 30, including an extension of the moratorium and the repayment grace period.

At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, Multnomah County acted to protect tenants by passing a moratorium on residential evictions, the first such action by a jurisdiction in Oregon.

“Keeping a roof over people’s heads throughout this crisis is a moral and public health imperative, but moratoriums can only do so much,” Chair Deborah Kafoury said. “We are going to need a New Deal-like response from the federal government to help both renters and landlords stabilize, recover and move forward once this emergency ends."

For legal advice, renters are urged to contact the Community Alliance of Tenants or Legal Aid Services of Oregon.