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Governor Brown bans commercial evictions for non-payment, halts late fees

With a new executive order, Governor Brown says she is expanding on renter protections during the COVID-19 crisis.

Posted: Apr 1, 2020 3:07 PM
Updated: Apr 1, 2020 3:24 PM

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.

"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.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 4086

Reported Deaths: 151
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Multnomah110359
Marion93125
Washington71517
Clackamas30411
Deschutes1210
Linn1159
Umatilla1143
Polk9811
Yamhill697
Lane672
Jackson650
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Crook60
Curry60
Union60
Tillamook60
Wallowa20
Lake20
Sherman10
Harney10
Grant10
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California Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 103813

Reported Deaths: 3993
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Los Angeles498602241
Riverside7341313
San Diego7100260
Orange5744142
San Bernardino4914190
Alameda309794
Santa Clara2701140
San Francisco243740
San Mateo202282
Kern200737
Tulare183580
Fresno165832
Santa Barbara163612
Imperial144326
Contra Costa138437
Sacramento134956
Ventura106232
San Joaquin84235
Kings7043
Stanislaus68328
Sonoma5304
Solano50922
Monterey4699
Marin43614
Merced2807
San Luis Obispo2681
Yolo20723
Santa Cruz2062
Placer1969
Napa1113
Humboldt983
Madera942
San Benito852
El Dorado840
Del Norte440
Sutter422
Nevada411
Butte400
Shasta374
Mono351
Yuba281
Mendocino250
Lake230
Inyo191
Mariposa161
Calaveras150
Glenn140
Amador100
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Tehama41
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