Log in


NewsLetters

Click on the Logo below for Oregon Rental housing Association Newsletters:

You can sign up to receive the ORHA Newsletters by clicking on the subscribe tab at the top of the ORHA website.

News

<< First  < Prev   1   2   3   4   5   ...   Next >  Last >> 
  • May 04, 2020 7:10 PM | Anonymous

    CORONAVIRUS: Malheur County Reopening Plan

    April 28, 2020

    Malheur County officials outline steps they would take to ensure COVID-19 doesn't spread as life returns to normal and what they would do if they detect an increase in people sick with the virus.

    Prepared based on Governor Kate Brown’s Reopening Oregon: A Public Health Framework for Restarting Public Life and Business Purpose The purpose of this plan is to provide guidance to those involved in the process of reopening public life and business in Malheur County during the SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19) pandemic and to give needed information for the implementation of individual local plans. Due to the dynamic situation, these guidelines will be handled as an adaptive management plan or living document. This means that as information is made available or changes, or that state orders or standards are issued, this information will be discussed, addressed, and then reflected in this plan promptly. 


    See the entire online document at: 

     https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6879850-4-28-20-Malheur-County-Reopening-Plan.html?fbclid=IwAR35c3SNRjS2TyqTOv5MR4IHzoVpZvUUWqMTOottovahKk_wr1t03wKBRuw#document/p1

    Download the entire PDF document at: 

    4-28-20-Malheur-County-Reopening-Plan.pdf

  • May 04, 2020 7:01 PM | Anonymous

    Oregon Lawmakers
    Pass $32 Million Relief Package
    For Renters, Businesses And Workers

    by Dirk VanderHart Follow OPB April 23, 2020 3:20 p.m.
    Updated: April 24, 2020 8:25 a.m.

     

    Oregon lawmakers approved more than $32 million in state spending Thursday, passing an emergency aid package meant to help renters, small businesses, domestic violence survivors, and workers that have been disadvantaged by the novel coronavirus.

    At the same time, the Legislative Assembly’s joint Emergency Board gave Gov. Kate Brown the authority to spend up to $300 million in federal aid the state has received. That money had no specific destination, though it must be used under federal guidelines to address the coronavirus.

    Taken together, the money amounts to the strongest action that Oregon lawmakers have taken since the pandemic fundamentally shifted American life. And it came in an unprecedented hearing: Citing safety concerns, the Emergency Board’s 20 members all attended remotely, either by phone or video conference.

    “I’ve never been a part or seen anything like this before,” said Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, who co-chairs the committee alongside House Speaker Tina Kotek, and whose dog could occasionally be heard over the proceedings. “I hope that each of you feels honored to be a part of this emergency board and part of Oregon’s history.”

    The emergency board has the authority to spend money when lawmakers are out of session but is limited to a special emergency fund. At the outset of Thursday’s meeting, the fund contained $50.65 million, from which lawmakers spent the following:

    $12 million for rent assistance and motel vouchers for disadvantaged communities. Most of the money, $8.5 million, will go directly to landlords on behalf of renters making at most 50 percent of area median income. The remaining money is intended to pay for hotel or motel rooms for specific groups, such as farm workers or people without stable housing.

    $5 million in financial assistance to businesses with a maximum of 25 employees. This money will be matched with another $5 million from the Oregon Business Development Department, creating a $10 million fund that will offer assistance to small businesses that haven’t been able to access federal aid such as the fast-depleted Paycheck Protection Program.

    $2 million for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The money will be delivered via grants to dozens of organizations around the state and will focus on housing.

    $10 million to create a wage replacement fund for newly unemployed workers who are unable to access routine unemployment payments for reasons such as their immigration status. This funding, a focus of community groups in recent weeks, proved the most contentious proposal for state dollars.

    $3.35 million to help workers in long-term care facilities pay for coronavirus testing and offer caregivers training in infectious disease prevention.

    $119,778 to pay for a new human resources employee in the Bureau of Labor and Industries, which is understaffed even as it’s seeing high demand during the pandemic.

    The lawmakers on the Emergency Board — 13 Democrats and seven Republicans — largely agreed on most items, though some raised concerns that the haste to address the emergency could lead to money skipping over areas that are farther away from Salem.

    “I am deeply concerned that it’s not going to help all of Oregon the same,” Rep. David Gomberg, D-Otis, said of the small business assistance package. The fund is slated to be distributed via a network of community development financial institutions in the state, many of which are along Interstate 5. “I think it would be naive to suggest proximity doesn’t matter,” Gomberg said.

    Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, voiced similar concerns, but ultimately supported the package. “I know the intent of this legislation, and if we can help a handful of businesses stay afloat that’s good,” he said.

    The debate was more fraught on the $10 million package to assist workers who don’t qualify for unemployment insurance. That so-called Oregon Worker Relief Fund would rely on community agencies to reach out to workers in need, offering up to $590 a week.

    But the novel tool will require an entirely new administrative structure, officials say. Because of that, up to $1 million of the money lawmakers allocated can be spent on administrative costs, though at least some of that is expected to be defrayed by community fundraising.

    Those costs, along with the untested nature of the program, gave some lawmakers heartburn. The measure still passed 15-5.

    Even more controversial was a spending proposal that was ultimately put on ice because of concerns.

    Legislators took up a proposal to create a $50 million fund to offer zero-interest loans to rural hospitals, who have taken an enormous financial hit during the pandemic. The money would come from the federal government, not the state, but lawmakers from both parties railed against the plan.

    Hospitals should not have to pay back the money they received, they said.

    “We would look so incredibly foolish if we allowed hospitals to go bankrupt during a global pandemic,” said Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose. “The way this is constructed right now, I’m not sure I can support it.”

    Rep. Rob Nosse, D-Portland, said that cash-strapped hospitals might not be interested in a loan program, as opposed to a grant that would not have to be repaid.“I worry that there’s not going to be any hospital that takes advantage of this,” said Nosse. “That we will have $50 million in federal money just sitting there not getting used.”

    After a recess, Kotek and Courtney suggested delaying the proposal for a later date, suggesting it will re-emerge at some point in a retooled form. The motion passed unanimously.

    The largest amount of money considered in the session was $300 million in federal lawmakers gave the governor’s office to use as it sees fit, through the state’s Department of Administrative Services. That could help defray costs such as tens of millions spent on purchasing personal protective equipment for the state, Kotek said.

    Oregon expects to receive roughly $1.6 billion from the Coronavirus Relief Fund approved by Congress, though it’s likely that between $200 and $300 million of that will go to local governments, according to budget officials.

    The state’s top budget officer, Ken Rocco, told lawmakers Thursday that the state has received its first infusion of the money — $871 million. But Oregon and other states are still awaiting clarity on how the money can be spent. “There’s been a great amount of uncertainty,” Rocco said.

    Lawmakers expect to give state agencies the authority to spend far more money to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the future.

    Beyond the relief package, the emergency board released previously approved money for battling wildfires, public defense services, and paying raises to some non-state healthcare employees.


  • April 15, 2020 5:02 PM | Anonymous

    SLICING THROUGH THE GORDIAN KNOT OF EVICTIONS IN THE COVID-19 CRISIS

    By: Brian Cox, Attorney at Law
    A
    pril 15, 2020

    As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to unfold in Oregon, residential and commercial landlords seeking to regain possession of their rental properties are currently faced with a myriad of restrictions from several vectors, radically changing their ‘pre-pandemic’ way of doing things.

    Rationale: There are two primary reasons driving these actions: limiting the spread of the coronavirus by limiting evictions or otherwise ‘de-housing’ people in order to avoid greater COVID-19 exposure; and, the pragmatic recognition that the current extraordinary health needs leading to the closure of restaurants, schools, and all ‘non-essential’ businesses will cause a wide swath of our population to lose their jobs and businesses in order for everyone to ‘shelter in place’ and care for homebound family members, leaving many Oregonians unable to pay their rent through no fault of their own.

    Executive Orders: Under Governor Brown’s current Executive Orders, landlords may not issue termination notices or file, prosecute, or execute ‘economic evictions’ for non-payment of rent, utilities, service charges, late fees, or other charges, without regard to whether the non-payment is the result of the COVID-19 epidemic. The Executive Orders also suspend the imposition of late fees and prohibit law enforcement from serving or enforcing evictions of any kind. Landlords are also prohibited from issuing ‘no-cause’ or ‘landlord-cause’ termination notices or evictions: the former happens during the first year of tenancy or with owner occupied two-unit lots (typically duplexes or ‘mother-in-law’ units); the latter occur when a landlord wants to move in or move a family member into the rental, a buyer wants to live in the rental, the rental needs major renovation work, or the rental is being converted to ‘non-rental’ purposes. Unable to remove their tenants, rental property sellers are unable to deliver possession of the property for an indeterminate amount of time, causing many real estate transactions to fail.

    Chief Justice Orders: Under Chief Justice Walters’ current orders, all stages of eviction proceedings are automatically postponed until after May 31st, with the caveat that evictions involving domestic violence, most situations giving rise to a 24-hour termination notice, and similar ‘high need’ eviction cases may proceed by seeking leave of court, following a process to be developed by each court (though trying to set and advance these cases may be difficult and/or follow uncertain timelines). Residential and commercial evictions may still be filed – though evictions for non-payment or ‘no cause’ or ‘landlord-cause’ evictions are prohibited (violation is now a Class “C” Misdemeanor), and such ‘non-compliant’ evictions may be accepted or rejected at filing, depending on local court practice. When an eviction is filed, the first appearance setting and service of summons and complaint will all occur according to statute, only the FED summons and complaint will be accompanied by a multi-language notice advising the parties the first appearance date is automatically postponed to a later date and will be followed by a future court notice informing them of the new hearing date (notice below. Evictions that do proceed or that later proceed are expected to utilize the court’s newly-developed rules for court appearances, including efiling documents and exhibits and remote appearances by parties, witnesses and lawyers where possible.

    Federal Action: While federal law does not directly prohibit all evictions, portions of the CARES Act require all landlords with federally-backed mortgages, including those covered by HUD, USDA, FHA, VA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to forgo evicting their tenants by placing a 60-day moratorium (beginning March 18th), and providing those landlords with various forms of relief, including a 180-day loan forbearance (which can be extended another 180 days at the borrower’s request). The Act allows multifamily housing owners with a federally-backed mortgage to request a forbearance for up to 30 days (which can be extended another 60 days at the borrower’s request), on the condition that they agree not to evict tenants or charge late fees. The Act also institutes a moratorium on filings for evictions for renters in homes covered by a federally-backed mortgage for 120 days of enactment. The Act provides a temporary moratorium on evictions for most residents of federally subsidized apartments, including those supported by HUD, USDA or Treasury (Low Income Housing Tax Credit developments).

    Local Ordinance: Multnomah County, Portland, Clackamas County, Gresham and Hillsboro have each imposed their own form of moratorium on evictions, and residential and commercial property owners would be wise to seek current information specific to their jurisdiction before proceeding.

    Oregon Legislature: In short, the Oregon legislature has yet to take any action regarding the pandemic.

    What is a residential or commercial landlord to do? With access to the courts effectively prohibited, at this point for months, many have asked what they should do considering the constant barrage of bad news. First, opening lines of communications and making payment arrangements and/or accepting partial payments from your tenants is likely a good option, and in some cases, may be the only payment you receive. Next, keep in mind that the COVID-19 state moratorium does not apply to conduct-based notices or evictions. If you have truly troublesome or dangerous tenants, your remedies are still intact – just delayed for now in many situations.  Finally, remember that the moratorium creates a payment deferral, not a payment forgiveness. Governor Brown’s executive order was explicitly clear that all amounts owed – except late fees – remain due and owing.

    In this writer’s opinion – Neither tenants nor property owners should have to stand alone bearing the social or economic burden of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Perhaps the ‘best’ economically- and socially-rational way for the federal and state governments to preserve housing stability for families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and struggling to cover housing expenses is by creating emergency rental assistance programs through a drastic short-term expansion of the Rental Assistance Vouchers program or similar programs. This should be the first and highest priority with regard to the allocation of funds provided to Oregon through the Federal CARES Act – immediately infusing cash for rent payments into the hands of renters and landlords. The eviction moratorium can also be better tailored to safeguard owners’ ability to effectively affect repairs and manage their communities, while allowing more types of housing providers access to mortgage forbearance, ensuring fairness and flexibility in its terms, and by providing financial assistance for property-level financial obligations such as property taxes, utilities or insurance payments and by extending credit to multifamily mortgage servicers, small landlords and multifamily businesses using the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

    We are in this together, and together we are stronger.

    Be Well,
    Brian Cox


    This information is current as of April 15th, 2020. Time and answers are changing rapidly, and all readers are encouraged to seek the most current and reliable information available.

    * * *Court notice accompanying FED Summons * * *

    NOTICE TO LANDLORDS FILING FED (EVICTION) CASES

    On April 1, 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-13 which, among other things, prohibits the filing of certain eviction cases. The Executive Order was effective immediately and remains in effect for 90 days unless extended or terminated earlier by the Governor.

    • A violation of Executive Order 20-13 could subject you to criminal penalties including a Class C Misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,250.00 and up to 30 days in jail.
    • If you file your complaint, your filing fee will not be refunded, even if it is subject to the Executive Order.
    • You should review the full Executive Order to determine if it applies to the complaint you are filing. Available at: https://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/pages/eo_20-13.aspx.
    • If you have questions, you may want to contact an attorney.


    The following are excerpts from Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-13:

    “1. Residential Tenancies.

    a. During this moratorium, landlords of residential properties in Oregon shall not, for reason of nonpayment as defined in paragraph 1(b) of this Executive Order, terminate any tenant’s rental agreement; take any action, judicial or otherwise, relating to residential evictions pursuant to or arising under ORS 105.105 through 105.168, including, without limitation, filing, serving, delivering or acting on any notice, order or writ of termination or the equivalent; or otherwise interfere in any way with such tenant’s right to possession of the tenant’s dwelling unit.

    b. The term “nonpayment” as used in paragraph 1 of this Executive Order means any nonpayment of rent, late charges, utility charges, or any other service charge or fee, as described in ORS 90.392(2)(a) or (c), 90.394, or 90.630(1)(d) or (10), or any termination without cause under ORS 90.427. All other terms used in paragraph 1 of this Executive Order shall have the same meanings as set forth in ORS chapters 90 or 105.

    c. Nothing in paragraph 1 of this Executive Order 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. Additionally, paragraph 1 of this Executive Order does not apply to the termination of residential rental agreements for causes other than nonpayment.

    d. * * *

    2. Non-Residential Tenancies.

    a. During this moratorium, landlords of non-residential properties in Oregon shall not, for reason of nonpayment as defined in paragraph 2(b) of this Executive Order, terminate any tenant’s lease; take any action, judicial or otherwise, relating to non-residential evictions pursuant to or arising under ORS 105.105 through 105.168, including, without limitation, filing, serving, delivering or acting on any notice, order or writ of termination or the equivalent; or otherwise interfere with such tenant’s right to possession of the leased premises.

    b. The term “nonpayment” as used in paragraph 2 of this Executive Order means nonpayment of rent, late charges, utility charges, or any other service charge or fee, as described in the lease or in ORS 91.090, 91.210 or 91.220. All other terms used in paragraph 2 of this Executive Order shall have the same meanings as set forth in ORS chapters 91 or 105.

    c. Paragraph 2 of this Executive Order shall apply if a tenant provides the landlord, within 30 calendar days of unpaid rent being due, with documentation or other evidence that nonpayment is caused by, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, the COVID-19 pandemic. Acceptable documentation or other evidence includes, without limitation, proof of loss of income due to any governmental restrictions imposed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    d. * * *

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~


  • April 14, 2020 3:34 PM | Anonymous

    California, Oregon & Washington Announce Western States Pact

    April 13, 2020

    West Coast States Agree Region Will Move Toward Reopening Based On Health Outcomes

    Salem, OR—Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future.

    Joint statement from the Governors:

    COVID-19 has preyed upon our interconnectedness. In the coming weeks, the West Coast will flip the script on COVID-19 – with our states acting in close coordination and collaboration to ensure the virus can never spread wildly in our communities.

    We are announcing that California, Oregon and Washington have agreed to work together on a shared approach for reopening our economies – one that identifies clear indicators for communities to restart public life and business.

    While each state is building a state-specific plan, our states have agreed to the following principles as we build out a West Coast framework:

    Our residents’ health comes first. As home to one in six Americans and gateway to the rest of the world, the West Coast has an outsized stake in controlling and ultimately defeating COVID-19.

    Health outcomes and science – not politics – will guide these decisions. Modifications to our states’ stay at home orders must be made based off our understanding of the total health impacts of COVID-19, including: the direct impact of the disease on our communities; the health impact of measures introduced to control the spread in communities—particularly felt by those already experiencing social disadvantage prior to COVID-19; and our health care systems’ ability to ensure care for those who may become sick with COVID-19 and other conditions. This effort will be guided by data. We need to see a decline in the rate of spread of the virus before large-scale reopening, and we will be working in coordination to identify the best metrics to guide this.

    Our states will only be effective by working together. Each state will work with its local leaders and communities within its borders to understand what’s happening on the ground and adhere to our agreed upon approach.

    Through quick and decisive action, each of our states has made significant progress in flattening the curve and slowing the spread of COVID-19 among the broader public. Now, our public health leaders will focus on four goals that will be critical for controlling the virus in the future.
    • Protecting vulnerable populations at risk for severe disease if infected. This includes a concerted effort to prevent and fight outbreaks in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
    • Ensuring an ability to care for those who may become sick with COVID-19 and other conditions. This will require adequate hospital surge capacity and supplies of personal protective equipment.
    • Mitigating the non-direct COVID-19 health impacts, particularly on disadvantaged communities.
    • Protecting the general public by ensuring any successful lifting of interventions includes the development of a system for testing, tracking and isolating. The states will work together to share best practices.

    COVID-19 doesn’t follow state or national boundaries. It will take every level of government, working together, and a full picture of what’s happening on the ground.

    In the coming days the governors, their staff and health officials will continue conversations about this regional path to recovery.


    Oregon.gov Newsite and Article source:

    https://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?newsid=36352

  • April 14, 2020 1:58 PM | Anonymous

    WEBINAR 2: EDUCATION AND OUTREACH STRATEGIES FOR

    LANDLORD PARTICIPATION


    JOIN US FOR WEBINAR 2

    April 22, 2020

    1:00 - 2:30 pm EST

    Register here:      https://bit.ly/HUDLandlord



    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development invites

    you to participate in a series of webinars on the Housing Choice

    Voucher (HCV) Program.


    This webinar, second in a series, will walk through the first

    published chapter of the HCV Landlord Strategy Guidebook. This

    chapter is focused on education and outreach strategies that PHAs

    can implement to recruit new HCV landlords and retain current

    landlords. The webinar will also feature PHAs who are currently

    implementing variations of these strategies in their communities.


    The first webinar in this series reviewed current research and

    information gathered during the recent HCV Landlord Listening

    Forums. This webinar and materials can be found here.


    Who should participate: Current HCV landlords, landlords

    interested in the HCV program, PHAs, rental housing industry

    groups, and others interested in the landlord’s role in the HCV

    program and what HUD is doing in this arena.


    This webinar is free. However, please register in advance.

    Information on how to access the webinar will be emailed to

    registered participants approximately 1 week prior to the webinar.


    Webinar 3 is scheduled for July, 2020.


    Questions: hcv@firstpic.org


    Landlord Participation Webinar Series Flyer

  • April 01, 2020 6:08 PM | Anonymous

    Office of the Governor

    State of Oregon

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-13

    TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON CERTAIN EVICTIONS AND TERMINATIONS OF RENTAL AGREEMENTS AND LEASES, IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) OUTBREAK

    On February 28, 2020, I appointed the State of Oregon's Coronavirus Response Team.

    On February 29, 2020, the Department of Human Services issued strict guidelines, restricting visitation at congregated care facilities, including nursing homes.

    On March 2, 2020, the State of Oregon Emergency Coordination Center was activated.

    On March 8, 2020, I declared an emergency under ORS 401.165 et seq. due to the public health threat posed by the novel infectious coronavirus (COVID-19).

    On March 12, 2020, I prohibited gatherings of 250 or more people, and announced a statewide closure of Oregon K-12 schools from March 16, 2020, through March 31, 2020.

    On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency.

    On March 17, 2020, I prohibited gatherings of 25 or more people, banned on-site consumption of food and drink at food establishments statewide, and extended school closures until April 28, 2020. I also encouraged all businesses not subject to the prohibitions to implement social distancing protocols.

    On March 18, 2020, I suspended in-person instructional activities at higher education institutions through April 28, 2020;

    On March 22, 2020, I imposed a temporary moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment, prohibiting law enforcement from serving, delivering, or acting on any notice, order or writ of termination of tenancy, relating to residential evictions for nonpayment.

    On March 23, 2020, I ordered Oregonians to "Stay Home, Save Lives," directing individuals to stay home to the greatest extent possible, ordering the closure of specified retail businesses, requiring social distancing measures for other public and private facilities, and imposing requirements for outdoor areas and licensed childcare facilities.

    COVID-19 may cause respiratory disease leading to serious illness or death. The World Health Organization considers COVID-19 to be a global pandemic. COVID-19 spreads person-to-person through coughing, sneezing, and close personal contact, including touching a surface with the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

    To reduce spread of COVID-19, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended community mitigation strategies to increase containment of the virus and to slow transmission of the virus, including cancellation of gatherings of people and social distancing in smaller gatherings.

    State and local public health officials advise that the virus is circulating in the community and expect the number of cases to increase. The CDC reports that COVID-19 is most contagious when the individual is most symptomatic but may also spread before symptoms appear.

    The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Oregon. On March 8, 2020, at the time I declared an emergency, there were 14 presumptive or confirmed cases in Oregon. As of today, there are at least 736 cases and 19 deaths.

    In a short time, COVID-19 has spread rapidly: To slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon, to protect the health and lives of Oregonians, particularly those at highest risk, and to help avoid overwhelming local and regional healthcare capacity, I find that immediate implementation of additional measures is necessary.

    Executive Order 20-12 requires individuals to stay at home, to the greatest extent possible. That order, in tum, requires protections against residential tenant evictions, so tenants can remain at home during this emergency. Executive Order 20:.-11 prohibits law enforcement from enforcing residential tenant eviction notices and orders. Given the ongoing public health emergency, further action is necessary to prevent termination of residential leases and the initiation of eviction proceedings during this emergency. These further actions will strengthen the existing protections for residential tenants, ensuring they can stay home to the greatest extent possible, consistent with my prior directives.

    The ongoing emergency also requires protections for tenants of non-residential property, so businesses that are permitted to operate can continue to provide necessary goods and services, and other businesses can continue to comply with necessary closures and restrictions mandated by my prior Executive Orders. Every business in Oregon has been impacted by COVID-19. Many businesses are struggling to assess how long they can maintain operations or remain closed-in compliance with essential public health directives and orders-without full income. Many are operating at less than full capacity, if at all, and have seen a significant loss of income due to necessary government restrictions imposed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Without further action, many businesses across the state may face termination of leases or eviction, which could interrupt the provision of necessary goods and services during this emergency, and impact the livelihood of Oregonians.

    For those reasons, a temporary moratorium on terminations of residential and non­residential rental agreements and evictions on the basis of nonpayment is necessary during this emergency, to protect the public health, safety and welfare of all Oregonians. The moratorium set forth in this Executive Order is temporary, with a limited scope and duration. It addresses the immediate needs identified above, pursuant to my emergency powers, but does not otherwise undermine contractual bargains, interfere with parties' reasonable expectations, or prevent parties from safeguarding or reinstating their rights. The directives of this Executive Order are appropriate, necessary, and reasonable means by which to implement the significant and legitimate public purpose of responding to the declaration of a state of emergency I issued on March 8, 2020.

    NOW THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY DIRECTED AND ORDERED THAT:

    Pursuant to ORS 433.441(3), ORS 401.168(1), ORS 401.175(3), and

    ORS 401.188(2) to (3), I am ordering a moratorium on certain terminations of residential rental agreements and non-residential leases, as set forth below:

    1. Residential Tenancies.

    a. During this moratorium, landlords of residential properties in Oregon shall not, for reason of nonpayment as defined in paragraph l(b) of this Executive Order, terminate any tenant's rental agreement; take any action, judicial or otherwise, relating to residential evictions pursuant to or arising under ORS 105.105 through 105.168, including, without limitation, filing, serving, delivering or acting on any notice, order or writ of termination or the equivalent; or otherwise interfere in any way with such tenant's right to possession of the tenant's dwelling unit.

    b. The term "nonpayment" as used in paragraph 1 of this Executive Order means any nonpayment of rent, late charges, utility charges, or any other service charge or fee, as described in ORS 90.392(2)(a) or ( c ), 90.394, or 90.630(1 )( d) or (10), or any termination without cause under ORS 90.427. All other terms used in paragraph 1 of this Executive Order shall have the same meanings as set forth in ORS chapters 90 or 105.

    c. Nothing in paragraph 1 of this Executive Order 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. Additionally, paragraph 1 of this Executive Order does not apply to the termination of residential rental agreements for causes other than nonpayment.

    d. This Executive Order reaffirms and is consistent with Executive Order 20-11, which prohibits law enforcement officers in Oregon from serving, delivering or acting on any notice, order or writ of termination of tenancy or the equivalent or any judicial action, pursuant to or arising under ORS 1Q5.105 through 105.168, that relates to residential evictions for nonpayment.

    2. Non-Residential Tenancies.

    a. During this moratorium, landlords of non-residential properties in Oregon shall not, for reason of nonpayment as defined in paragraph 2(b) of this Executive Order, terminate any tenant's lease; take any action, judicial or otherwise, relating to non-residential evictions pursuant to or arising under ORS 105.105 through 105.168, including, without limitation, filing, serving, delivering or acting on any notice, order or writ of termination or the equivalent; or otherwise interfere with such tenant's right to possession of the leased premises.

    b. The term "nonpayment" as used in paragraph 2 of this Executive Order means nonpayment of rent, late charges, utility charges, or any other service charge or fee, as described in the lease or in ORS 91.090, 91.210 or 91.220. All other terms used in paragraph 2 of this Executive Order shall have the same meanings as set forth in ORS chapters 91 or 105.

    c. Paragraph 2 of this Executive Order shall apply if a tenant provides the landlord, within 30 calendar days of unpaid rent being due, with documentation or other evidence that nonpayment is caused by, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, the COVID-19 pandemic. Acceptable documentation or other evidence includes, without limitation, proof of loss of income due to any governmental restrictions imposed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    d. Nothing in paragraph 2 of this Executive Order relieves a non­residential 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. Additionally, paragraph 2 of this Executive Order does not apply to the termination of leases for causes other than nonpayment.

    3. 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.

    4. Any person found to be in violation of this Executive Order is subject to the penalties described in ORS 401.990.

    This Executive Order is issued under the authority conferred to the Governor by ORS 401.165 to 401.236. Pursuant to ORS 401.192(1), the directives set forth in this Executive Order shall have the full force and effect of law, and any existing laws, ordinances, rules and orders shall be inoperative to the extent they are inconsistent with this exercise of the Governor's emergency powers.

    This Executive Order is effective immediately, and remains in effect for 90 days unless extended or terminated earlier by the Governor.

    Done at Salem, Oregon this 1st day of April, 2020.

    ___________________________________

    Kate Brown

    GOVERNOR

    ATTEST:

    ___________________________________

    Bev Clarno

    SECRETARY OF STATE

    Weblink:      https://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/eo_20-13.aspx

    Copy of the Executive Order for Download:    Eviction Moratorium April 2020


  • March 28, 2020 6:01 PM | Anonymous

    Organization of Resource links


    COVID - 19 Updates

    ·       Oregon:  https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

    ·       CDC:        https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    ·       World Health Organization Updates:
    https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

    ·       Johns Hopkins University:  

    https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6



    General Resources

    211info connects people with health and social service organizations. At our heart is our core Community Information Center, supported by Resource Database team. We’ve expanded to include enhanced information & referral and assistance programs that target specific services.  Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155


    Employment

    For information about unemployment benefits & COVID-19, please visit:

    ·       https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Pages/COVID-19.aspx​

    ·       https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Documents/OAR%20471-030-0070-temporaryrule.pdf

    ·       https://secure.emp.state.or.us/ocs4/index.cfm?u=F20200322A142415B10724131.5902&lang=E

    ·       https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Unemployment/Claimant_Handbook/Pages/default.aspx


    Bureau of Labor and Industries website for Additional Information 

    ·        https://www.oregon.gov/BOLI/Pages/index.aspx

    ·       https://www.oregon.gov/boli/pages/coronavirus-and-workplace-laws.aspx


    Business Assistance

    Federal guidance for small businesses, including information on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. 

    ·       https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

    ·       https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

    Oregon Work-share Program - Work Share provides an alternative for employers and workers who may be facing the prospect of a lay off situation. With Work Share, instead of reducing staff, an employer reduces the hours of work for a group of workers. Partial Unemployment Insurance benefits are then paid to supplement workers' reduced wages.  

    ·       https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Unemployment/Pages/Work-Share-Program.aspx


    Business Organizations links for assistance and information


    Rental, Mortgage or Housing Assistance

    The Federal government announced yesterday that HUD has authorized the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days.

    211.org and Community Action may be able to direct you to resources for payment assistance.


    Food Assistance

    ·       211 is a statewide resource

    • Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155
    • Text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211)
    •   EMAIL help@211info.org


    Insurance

    ·       If Oregonians have questions or concerns about their insurance company or agent, they can contact the department’s advocacy team at 888-877-4894 (toll free) or visit dfr.oregon.gov for more information or to file a complaint.

    ·       For insurance and financial services information related to COVID-19, visit the department’s website:  https://dfr.oregon.gov/insure/health/understand/Pages/coronavirus.aspx.

     

    General Health Information

    ·       How to protect yourself:
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
    https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

    ·       What to do if you're sick:
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html


    Mental Health Resources

    ·       Lines for Life https://www.linesforlife.org/blog/lines-for-life-is-with-you-24-7/

    o   Adult Behavioral Health program -503-588-5351

    o   Crisis Services -503-585-4949

     


  • March 28, 2020 5:45 PM | Anonymous

    The information below reflects the Phase 3 emergency funding package as passed the Senate. 

    Relief for American Families:

    One-time tax rebate check

    • $1,200 for an individual, $2,400 for a couple, $500 per child.
    • Not reduced for lower income Americans.
    • Reduced for higher income Americans, starting at $75,000 or $150,000 per couple.
    • Phases out completely for individuals with adjusted gross income of $99,000 or $198,000 for couples.

    Unemployment Insurance:

    Expanded unemployment insurance to cover independent contractors, self-employed, and non-profit employees.


    Assistance for Small Businesses:

    New SBA-backed loan program to help small businesses pay for expenses

    • Paycheck Protection Loan: loans taken by small businesses to keep employees on payroll may be forgiven. Loan maximum is the lesser of $10 million or 2.5 times average monthly payroll.
    • $350 billion in federally guaranteed loans through private lenders to assist businesses with 500 or fewer employees; may be used to cover payroll, health benefits, mortgage interest/leases, and utilities during the outbreak.
    • Small businesses, 501(c)(3) nonprofits, veterans’ organizations, and Tribal businesses are eligible.
    • Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed people are eligible.
    • Loan forgiveness: For businesses that maintain employees on payroll, they can receive loan forgiveness for 8 weeks of costs related to payroll, mortgages/leases, and utilities.
    • Employers that have laid off employees may re-hire them and still qualify.
    • To receive forgiveness, businesses will have to work with their lender to justify their payroll was maintained through documentation.

    Payroll Tax Deferment: Employers can defer their employer-side payroll taxes for two years. Half of that amount is due by the end of 2021, the remainder by the end of 2022.


    Ensuring Access to Care for All Americans

    Increased Medical Product Supplies:

    • Increases access to testing by allowing Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) to stockpile medical supplies like swabs used in COVID-19 testing.
    • Permanent liability protection for manufacturers of PPE in the event of a public health emergency.

    Faster Approval for Treatments:

    • Allows FDA to quickly approve the use of new medication and treatment.
    • Prioritize drug applications.
    • Requires drug manufacturers to provide additional information when there is an interruption in the supply chain as well as to submit information to FDA regarding shortages.
    • Allows Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to more easily partner with private sector on research and development, which includes helping to scale up manufacturing.
    • Provides breakthrough therapy designations for animal drugs that can prevent human diseases.

    Access to Health Care for COVID-19 Patients:

    • Facilitates the use of new and innovative telemedicine technology to protect and contain the spread of COVID-19. 
      1. Expands Medicare telehealth flexibilities.
      2. Expands Medicare telehealth for home dialysis patients.
    • Reauthorizes HRSA grant programs to strengthen rural community health by focusing on quality improvement and access to care.
    • Allows Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Rural Health clinics to furnish telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries.
    • All testing for COVID-19 is to be covered by private insurance plans without cost-sharing, including those tests without an emergency use authorization.
    • Allows Medicare beneficiaries to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Medicare Part B with no cost sharing.
    • Medicare Part D plans would be allowed to provide a 90-day supply of a prescription medication during the COVID-19 emergency period.
    • Increases Medicare reimbursement rate to assist providers caring for our most vulnerable population.
    • Provides $1.32 billion in supplemental funding to Community Health Centers (CHC).

    Increases Medical Professional Staffing

    • Establishes a Ready Reserve Corps to ensure we have enough trained doctors and nurses to respond to public health emergencies.
    • Includes a Good Samaritan provision for doctors who provide volunteer medical services during the public health emergency related to COVID-19 to have liability protections.
    • Allows the Secretary of HHS to reassign members of the National Health Service Corps to sites close to the one they were originally assigned, in order to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
    • Directs the Secretary of HHS to strengthen the health professions workforce

    Supporting Health Care Providers

    • $100 billion for hospitals and health care providers
    • Temporarily lifts the Medicare sequester, which reduces payments to providers by 2 percent, from May 1 through December 31, 2020, boosting payments for hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, and home health.
    • Increases payments to hospitals treating patients admitted with COVID-19 by 20 percent; this add-on payment is available through the duration of the COVID-19 emergency
    • Expands an existing Medicare accelerated payment program for hospitals. With Critical Access Hospitals eligible for an advance payment up to 125 percent, based on net reimbursement represented by unbilled discharges or unpaid bills.
    • Delays cuts to Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH) through November 30, 2020.

    Supports Education

    • Provides $30.9 billion in emergency supplemental funding to the Department of Education.

    Higher Education Assistance

    • Higher Education received $14.25 billion to directly support students and institutes of higher education. Half of this funding is directed to support students.
    • Waives the requirement for federal aid funds to be returned if students withdrew from the university during the payment period.

    Student Assistance

    • Universities can use emergency financial aid grants to assist undergraduate and graduate students with unexpected expenses as a result of COVID-19.
    • Universities participating in work study may make payments to students participating in work study even though affected students were not able to fulfill the students’ work study obligation.
    • If the semester was not completed due to COVID-19, that semester will not count against the student for an enrolled semester for subsidized loan or Pell grant semester limits.
    • Students are not required to return Pell grants or federal student loans if they withdrew due to COVID-19.
    • Student loans are cancelled for this period ONLY, if the student withdraws from the university.
    • For Federal Student Loan Borrowers, all payments for federal loans have been suspended through September 30, 2020. All interest has also been suspended until September 30, 2020.

    States’ Department of Education Assistance

    • Elementary and Secondary Education received $13.5 billion to states to help respond to COVID-19. This funding can be used to meet the immediate needs of students and teachers, as well as improve remote learning.
    • The Secretary of Education may provide waivers to State Educational agencies or Indian Tribes to waive:
    1. End of year testing
    2. Attendance and long-term goal strategic plans
    3. Plans for targeted support of underperforming schools
    4. Report cards


    Direct Funding to Combat the Pandemic

    Coronavirus Relief Funds

    • $340 billion supplemental appropriations:
    1. $150 billion emergency relief fund for states, cities, localities to fight the pandemic.
      • Each state will receive a minimum of $1.25 billion.
    2. Support for health care workers and hospitals.
    3. Funding for Personal Protective Equipment.
    4. Support for our local responders.
    5. Funding for the research of new treatments and vaccines.
    6. Support for small businesses.
    7. Support for local colleges and universities.
    8. Support for veteran health care.
    9. Support for DOD response to COVID-19.


  • March 25, 2020 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    Kate Brown, Governor issued a Temporary Moratorium on Residential Eviction for Nonpayment, in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak.

    See attached:    Eviction Moratorium March 2020 - Executive Order No. 20-11


    More information to follow shortly.




  • March 20, 2020 6:24 PM | Anonymous

    A new Oregon State committee just formed to deal with the Coronavirus issue.  

    They had a "streamed" meeting today for four hours and will be holding another meeting on Monday, March 23, 2020.

    We are asking all Oregon Landlords to put together a letter on how the Coronavirus has/will affect you, your family, and your tenants and what items you would like your state officials to do to help remedy this situation.  

    Attached is the Oregon Rental Housing Association (ORHA) letter that is being sent to our Oregon Landlords that outlines some of the items we are hoping to see in state relief and/or assistance and provides a guide of information you should use for your letters to legislators.

    ORHA letter

    Also,  Attached is the ORHA President's personal letter to the committee as a landlord.

    ORHA President Letter to the COVID-19 Emergency Committee

    And attached is the Joint Special Committee information, so you know their purview and agenda on this issue and how to watch the next meeting.  

    Joint Special Committee on Coronavirus Response

    Please review the attached information to help you formulate your letter and submit it to the committee no later than 5 pm, Monday, March 23rd, 2020, by emailing it to the following email address: 

    jscvr.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov

    The Committee will be meeting again at 9 am on Monday, March 23rd, 2020, so if you could send your email no later than this Sunday, they might have time to review it during this Monday’s meeting.

<< First  < Prev   1   2   3   4   5   ...   Next >  Last >> 
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software