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Sun Dec 27, 2020, 05:16 PM

Oregon Lawmakers Vote to Extend Eviction Moratorium to June

Oregon legislators have approved an emergency bill extending the state's moratorium on residential evictions until June 30, 2021. The vote, held during Oregon's third special legislative session of 2020, comes just ten days before the state's current moratorium expires.

"If we do not pass this bill, thousands of families will be homeless come January," said Rep. Julie Fahey, the Lane County legislator who sponsored the bill, during the legislation's reading Monday. "And it will be on us."

By 5:30 pm on Monday's one-day special session, both the House and Senate had approved the bill. Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the legislation.

The new eviction ban is slightly more detailed than the current moratorium. This new policy only applies to renters who send their landlord a "declaration of financial hardship," explaining how the pandemic or wildfires (or both) have impacted their ability to pay rent. Despite these hardships, those tenants will still be required to repay all missed rent by July 1, 2021.

Read more: https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2020/12/21/31203266/oregon-lawmakers-vote-to-extend-eviction-moratorium-to-june

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