October 5, 2023


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Oregon’s deadline to prove rental assistance application, avoid eviction expires Friday

‘Landlords and house proprietors are carrying out effectively and renters are struggling’

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Thursday at midnight, the “safe harbor” security for Oregon tenants that arose amid the COVID-19 pandemic expires.

The security lets tenants behind on their lease payments to stay clear of eviction, as prolonged as they’ve used for rental support.

Becky Straus, the taking care of lawyer for the Oregon Legislation Center’s Eviction Protection Venture, described to us Thursday what tenants have to have to do. 

“Meaning that tenants can clearly show their landlord evidence of their hire assistance application and get a pause on any eviction even though that application is pending,” Straus mentioned.

She stated tenants who confirm their application is pending, have right until Sept. 30 to catch up on payments.

All those who have not submitted evidence can be evicted.

”Landlords can evict and can close a tenancy for a assortment of factors, which includes lease violations — or in some cases no explanation at all,” Straus reported. “But the bulk of the evictions that arrive by eviction courtroom or that conclude in displacement prior to eviction court docket are primarily based on non-payment of hire.”

Deschutes County has had 3,940 lease guidance purposes submitted.

Practically 50 percent have received funding, extra than 1,000 have been denied, and more than 400 apps are continue to underneath overview or call for more data.

Much more than just one-third (36 p.c) of the applications, the premier percentage, reported acquiring no income. 

Straus explained despite the rental aid method, her workplace is looking at an enhance in evictions.

“We’re entering the stage of the pandemic where by we have a little bit of a two-economies landscape, in which landlords and residence proprietors are doing well and renters are struggling and are toughest hit by the pandemic a lot more than they ever have been,” Straus reported. 

Paul Heatherman, an lawyer in Bend, informed NewsChannel 21 he’s still seeing a large number of hire and eviction-related clients, but it is an equivalent split among landlords and tenants.

Nevertheless, he said for the initial time in his profession, he’s viewed a handful of tenants agree to an eviction day, but not go out on that date, because they simply cannot uncover any where else to are living.

Straus mentioned whilst the “safe harbor” period of time is ending, tenants can continue to implement for rental aid if required, and can simply call 211 for more solutions.