SALEM, Ore. — Much like a previous order that applied to individual renters, Governor Kate Brown has issued a new executive order banning commercial evictions in Oregon while the state of emergency for coronavirus continues.
"During this unprecedented public health crisis, too many Oregonians have found themselves with no way to pay the monthly rent for their homes and businesses," said Governor Brown. "These are difficult times. This order will help Oregon small businesses stay in their locations without the threat of eviction."
The new order bans business owners from being evicted for non-payment in addition to residential renters. It also expands on both — prohibiting landlords from charging late fees for non-payment while the orders are active.
Executive Order 20-13 also provides some much-needed clarity on the previous, residential eviction moratorium. Though it does bar late fees, it says that tenants are still obligated to pay rent as soon as they have the ability to do so.
These are difficult times. This order will help Oregon's restaurants and businesses stay in their locations without threat of eviction.https://t.co/67LnXT6Ko2
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) April 1, 2020
"Nothing . . . relieves a residential tenant's obligation to pay rent, utility charges, or any other service charges or fees, except for late charges or other penalties arising from nonpayment which are specifically waived by and during this moratorium," the order reads.
Also in the fine print is a higher bar for businesses — while nothing obligates a residential renter to do so, commercial renters have to supply their landlords with documentation that the non-payment was caused by COVID-19, either directly or indirectly, within 30 days of unpaid rent being due.
"During this moratorium, any residential or non-residential tenant who is or will be unable to pay the full rent when due under a rental agreement or lease, shall notify the landlord as soon as reasonably possible; and shall make partial rent payments to the extent the tenant is financially able to do so," the order adds.
The order is effective immediately and will remain in effect for 90 or until Governor Brown decides to extend or terminate it.