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Local renter says Governor Brown's new rule on evictions isn't helpful

A renter in Klamath County, who was recently furloughed, says she can't pay three months of rent at one time when this is over.

Posted: Apr 7, 2020 6:21 PM

MEDFORD, Ore -- Governor Kate Brown says some Oregonians can't afford to pay rent right now. Close to 100,000 people applied for unemployment insurance during the week of March 23rd. 

Today NewsWatch 12 dug into Governor Brown's newest changes for renters. Governor Brown says if someone can't afford rent right now they can't get evicted. The months you don't pay, you still owe though. "That would be $1,500 for me. I couldn’t do $1,500 at once." said Renee Caswell. She is a renter in Klamath County. She has recently been furloughed. 

Caswell doesn't believe Governor Brown's latest change is helping people like her. "No, because if you don’t pay (down the road) you will get evicted. So you might as well try and figure out how to pay it right away." said Caswell. 

On the apartment complex side of things. Companies still need to pay their mortgages and utility bills. Even if some renters are not able to pay. "We are hoping that it will have as little of impact as possible for us as a company." said Danette Jones. She is the Director of Operations at Charles Point.

She says the complex has talked to almost every resident to see first of all how they are doing during this pandemic and also seeing if they can pay rent. "That's really important to us as a company. We are a family owned business. We are doing our best to treat everyone with respect and care." said Jones.

So far she says most people are able to pay this month's rent. The apartment complex has sent out multiple e-mails giving information to people that have been fired or furloughed including unemployment options. "We figured that in the month of April those services will be coming down the pipe, whatever that looks like. Hopefully by the end of April, everyone should have a good idea what this, the new normal, is for them." said Jones. She believes in May, more people will come forward and say they are not able to pay rent. 

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