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Gov. Brown extends residential eviction ban through end of year

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Plans to convene Legislature later this year to address housing issues

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the widespread devastation caused by wildfires, Gov. Kate Brown established a new moratorium Monday preventing residential evictions for non-payment and other no-cause evictions from Sept. 30 through Dec. 31.

Brown took immediate action in March and April through executive orders to keep Oregonians housed during the pandemic.

In the first special session of this year, the Legislature passed House Bill 4213, establishing a residential and commercial eviction moratorium through Sept. 30, with a six-month repayment period.

The governor said her new executive order will help keep Oregonians in their homes until the Legislature can convene later this year to address housing issues.

“Every Oregonian deserves a warm, safe, dry place to call home,” Brown said. “Since the Legislature passed House Bill 4213, thousands of people have been displaced by massive and devastating wildfires, and the global pandemic continues to make it difficult for many Oregonians, including Oregon's veterans and many families with children, to pay rent, through no fault of their own.

“Keeping economically vulnerable Oregonians in their homes has been critical to the State’s COVID-19 response throughout this pandemic," Brown continued.

"Having a safe and stable home allows individuals to practice effective physical distancing, helps facilitate quarantine and isolation, and helps to prevent families and individuals from being displaced from their homes into more crowded multifamily or congregate living conditions, where the virus can spread more easily.

“Housing is a critical human need, and, as we enter cold and flu season during a pandemic––and as many students learn remotely from home––it is absolutely critical that people not be turned out of their homes.

"While my action today will address the immediate issue of preventing residential evictions through the end of the year, it is my hope that, when the Legislature next meets, they will take up the larger issues we need to address regarding housing relief.”

EO 20-56 establishes a new, temporary residential eviction moratorium through the end of the year, due to the urgent need to prevent a wave of evictions during simultaneous wildfire and pandemic emergency response and recovery efforts. Both crises have had an acute and disproportionate impact on Oregon's communities of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latino, Latina, and Latinx, Pacific Islander, and Tribal communities, as well as families living in rural Oregon.

Brown added, "Many of the Oregonians most impacted by the pandemic and wildfire crises are those who can afford it least, and who have already faced housing discrimination and vast disparities in the availability of affordable housing. My action today will provide immediate relief, but we still have much work to do to address the systemic racism that lies at the heart of the affordable housing crisis in our country."

The full text of Governor Brown’s executive order is available here.

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      1. judging by your comments on here im betting that you are outraged that that what trump did. then turn around and applaud brown for doing the same thing. you people through a tantrum about trumps failed marriages then applauded Harris for being a homewrecker. i could go on , theirs endless examples of the hypocrisy of the Democratic party and their supporters

      2. Talk about affordable housing. Yeah baby free rent. Let the homeowners eat it and go under. How about she pay the mortgages for the homeowners. No such thing as a free lunch. Guess we should all look forward to our tax hike to pay for all this bull****

      1. The CDC order is limited by income and requires certain affirmative obligations for tenants to qualifu, while Governor Brown’s order seems to be universal.

        1. Tell you what renters and homeowners with mortgages are in for a big surprise when they get the bill for these “deferred” payments. They’ll have to pay the piper and the price is going to be a high one. So when you tell your lender or landlord that governor (flush it down) brown said it was ok to ignore your obligations, get ready. Hopefully you put a portion or all that money in a savings. Because she’ll be long gone collecting her Oregon pension and healthcare for life while adding thousands more government dependent Oregonians in her wake.

            1. You bet I do and you should to if you’ve been paying attention. Remember the housing meltdown when people bailed. Only this time I’d describe it as the mother of all reverse mortgages with all the small print included.

    1. He will still be able to collect all of the rent due, unless the renter files for bankruptcy, then as in all bankruptcy situations, he/she just got robbed, and may have to do the same.
      It will be bank bailout time again.

  1. Thankfully I have two good renters. I can cut them some slack on the rent and they understand I need to take care of the mortgage, taxes, insurance. They take care of the yard and the minor stuff inside. This is called working together as human beings and making things work. Win-win.

          1. you have a hard enough time speaking (writing) for yourself without looking the fool with wild contradictions, stepping in it, and smearing it all over yourself – prudence would suggest that you refrain from trying to do it for someone else…. especially “these people”

  2. “Every Oregonian deserves a warm, safe, dry place to call home,” How nice that if the renter can not make payments and they reside in my rental I can do nothing about it. Landlords have no rights.

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