COVID-19 Resources for Residential Tenants

Updated August 6, 2021

If you are having a hard time paying rent, you are not alone. The Oregon Department of Justice does not have authority over landlord-tenant disputes and cannot provide you with legal advice. However, we want you to know the information below if you are struggling to pay rent.

Please note: the law in this area is changing often, and this page may not have the latest information.

NEW Federal Eviction Moratorium

The CDC issued a new eviction moratorium » on August 3, 2021, pausing evictions in counties where COVID-19 is spreading. If you are struggling to pay rent, the new pause in evictions may help you stay in your home. However, you need to act.

This eviction moratorium applies in counties experiencing substantial and high levels of COVID-19 transmission and expires on October 3, 2021. Check your county’s transmission level on the CDC Covid-19 Data Tracker webpage ». If you can’t pay your rent, see if you qualify for protection under the CDC order ».

To be protected by the CDC order, you must fill out a declaration form. You must submit the form to your landlord. All adults on the lease must sign and submit a declaration. This form is not the same as the Oregon form you might have used before. Find the form in many different languages at the CDC website ».

Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance

Oregon’s eviction moratorium ended on June 30, 2021. If you want to continue living in your home, you must pay rent starting July 1, 2021, or act.

If you still owe rent between April 1, 2020-June 30, 2021, you have until February 28, 2022, to repay it. However, you must pay your current rent starting July 1, 2021.

If you can’t pay your rent, you may qualify for help from the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP) ». Applying for help from the OERAP will protect you from eviction for nonpayment for 60 days. (If you are a tenant in Multnomah County, that period is for 90 days.) To get that protection, you must submit proof of your application to your landlord. The important thing is to apply as soon as you can if you need help. Learn more here ».

You do not need to submit proof of immigration or citizenship status to apply for rent assistance through the OERAP.  Also, the information is available in several languages on the website. If you are homeless, you might be able to get help with future rent if you enter a new lease.

There might be other services that could help you pay your rent. To find out and learn more, dial 211 ». You can also contact your local community action agency to see if you qualify for help. Find your local agency here ».

For the state law updates to landlord and tenant law, visit the Oregon State Bar website ».

Learn More

Oregon Law Help, which is run by legal aid organizations, has a site for renters called Oregon Renters Rights ». The site has information in many languages ».

The City of Portland has an FAQ for renters and landlords. Many of the questions on that page apply across the state. You can find it here ».

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a page for renters across the country. You can find it here ».

Legal Help

Legal aid offices connect low-income individuals with free legal help. Learn more and find your local office here ».

The Oregon State Bar helps moderate-income individuals find affordable legal help through its Modest Means program. Learn more here ».

The Oregon State Bar also runs a general lawyer referral service. Learn more here ».