New Protections Enacted for Oregon Renters

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Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 20-13 provides more protections for residential and commercial renters

SALEM – Today, Governor Kate Brown announced Executive Order 20-13, which expands protections for residential and commercial renters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 22, the governor issued Executive Order 20-11, which placed a 90-day moratorium on residential evictions.

“Given the ongoing public health emergency, further action is necessary to protect both residential and non-residential tenants,” says Governor Brown.

Executive Order 20-13 expands on that by adding more protections for both residential and commercial renters in these ways:

RESIDENTIAL RENTERS
During this 90-day moratorium, landlords may not terminate any tenant’s rental agreement for nonpayment. Residential tenants do not have to provide documentation that their nonpayment has been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Landlords also may not charge any late fees for late payment of rent or utilities. (However, please note that this does not relieve the tenant of the responsibility of paying rent, only that there will be no late fees, penalties, or evictions.) Landlords should work with tenants to develop payment plans with installments when at all possible.

COMMERCIAL RENTERS
Executive Order 20-13 calls for a 90-day moratorium on commercial evictions, so small businesses won’t lose their leases for nonpayment due to the impact of the coronavirus. Landlords are not allowed to terminate any tenant’s lease for nonpayment. The tenant must provide the landlord, within 30 calendar days of unpaid rent being due, with documentation that nonpayment is caused by, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, the COVID-19 pandemic. Acceptable documentation includes proof of loss of income due to any governmental restrictions imposed.

Commercial landlords also may not charge any late fees for a business’ late payment of rent or utilities. (However, please note that this does not relieve the tenant of the responsibility of paying rent, only that there will be no late fees, penalties, or evictions.)

Read the full Executive Order here.

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Sarah Wexler is the Director of Strategic Communications in the Office of Governor Kate Brown

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