Eviction Moratorium

Release date: 03/24/2020
Sponsored by: Board of Commissioners

Statewide moratorium on evictions for nonpayment ordered


Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order on March 22 forbidding law enforcement officers in Oregon from acting on any notice or order to evict people from residential properties for nonpayment of rent. The executive order, which will be in effect for 90 days, was put into effect at the request of several local and state officials, including the chairs of the elected boards of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties


“In taking proactive steps to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, state and local governments need to be mindful of the economic impact these measures have on people throughout our economy,” said Washington County Board Chair Kathryn Harrington. “We are grateful to Governor Brown for issuing this order on behalf of many in our state who would otherwise face possible houselessness just as we need all Oregonians to Stay Home and Save Lives.” 


Resources for tenants with questions about their situation include:

  • Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) – Provides assistance with landlord/tenant issues. Contact the Renters’ Rights Hotline at 503-288-0130.
  • Oregon Law Center – Provides legal assistance with a variety of issues including housing. Contact the Hillsboro office at 503-640-4115 or 1-877-296-4076.

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