By Jamie Goldberg | The Oregonian/OregonLive

Oregon tenants still struggling to pay their rent due to the coronavirus pandemic may soon be temporarily protected from eviction once they apply for rent assistance.

The Oregon Senate voted 26-3 Tuesday to approve legislation that would protect residential renters from eviction for 60 days if they apply for rent assistance and notify their landlords. The vote came less than a week after the Oregon House unanimously approved the legislation.

The bill will now head to Gov. Kate Brown’s desk for final approval. Brown has previously called for the Legislature to implement such a “safe harbor” policy.

The state has millions of dollars available for renters and landlords intended to stave off a flurry of evictions once the state’s moratorium on evictions expires at the end of June. But the state and its partners are slogging through thousands of applications, with most still weeks from a final decision. Continue reading at Oregon Live website…


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