On Dec. 23, 2020, Governor Brown of Oregon signed HB 4401 which extended the eviction moratorium through June 30, 2020 if tenants sign a Declaration stating they have been financially impacted by the Pandemic.
If tenants do not sign the Declaration, the extension of unpaid rents is through March 31, 2021. All back rents would need to be paid by April 1, 2021.
If tenants do sign the Declaration, then the Grace Period is extended to June 30, 2021 and all rents would be due by July 1, 2021.
Landlords cannot challenge the accuracy of the tenants signed declaration. Landlords may not require additional information, require more than one declaration per household, or refuse to accept a declaration that was sent via email, fax, text or jpeg image.
If the first year of tenancy ended between April 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021, the landlord's right to serve a notice of termination for non-renewal has been suspended until after August 31, 2021.
Arrears may be pursued after the emergency period ends.
You are still prohibited from charging late fees. A landlord cannot make reports to a credit agency about non-payment of rent during from April 2020 through June 2021. Landlords are prohibited from filing any case for a nonpayment balance before the end of the grace period, such as a small claims or court filing.
There is a lot more to the HB 4401. If you have any questions, please contact our office.