VOTE: NO – Governor Brown Signed into Law
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2020S1/Measures/Overview/HB4213
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2020S1/Committees/J1SS/Overview
This bill prohibits residential and commercial evictions during an emergency period beginning March 22, 2020, and ending 90 days after the state of emergency ends. A landlord may not assess a late fee for tenant nonpayment, nor report to a consumer credit reporting agency. Outstanding rent remains owed to the landlord.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
This bill is neither needed or in the best interest of renters or landlords. Unemployment benefits are more than the person made, so allowing them to not pay rent and accumulate debt that they won’t be able to pay when they do return to work at a lower wage, is entrapment of debt. Landlords have the ability to give special consideration for special circumstances.
Requires tenants with nonpayment balances to notify their landlord if they intend to use the grace period to pay balances due. Allows landlord to recover damages equal to 50% of one month’s rent following the grace period if tenant fails to give notice of intent to repay nonpayment balance during 90-day grace period. Establishes that if a tenant does not provide notice to their landlord that they intend to pay the nonpayment balance by no later than the end of the 90-day grace period, that the landlord may deliver notice of rental agreement termination, and initiate or continue eviction actions. Authorizes tenant injunctive relief for landlord violation of moratorium restrictions. It puts landlords in a position to claim bankruptcy or sell to a monopoly.