residential Eviction Moratorium

Frequently Asked Questions

NOTE: Due to rapidly evolving response to COVID-19 please check this page frequently for updated information.

Due to COVID-19 closures, health, and economic impacts, the City of Beaverton has allocated funds for rent & utility assistance for low income tenants impacted by COVID-19. More details about rent assistance options and additional resources. The state of Oregon has also issued a moratorium on evictions through September 30, 2020. This moratorium prevents no cause evictions and evictions issued based on late rent. During this time, it is unlawful for landlords to award late rent penalties as well. Starting on October 1, 2020 tenants will have six months to pay back any rent owed from March-September 2020. Please check back regularly for additional updates on COVID-19 related relief for Beaverton residents.

Frequently Asked Questions About Commercial Leases in response to COVID-19.

What does the moratorium on evictions mean?

The bullets below are courtesy of Legal Aid Services of Oregon and the Oregon Law Center that have been modified for clarity.

Oregon Tenant Rights during COVID-19 

  • It is illegal for a landlord to give you an eviction notice or a notice of violation for non-payment of rent, non-payment of fees, or non-payment of utilities between now and September 30th.
  • It is illegal for a landlord to give you a no-cause notice between now and September 30, 2020 (unless the landlord has sold the rental to someone who plans to move in).
  • It is illegal for your landlord to file for an eviction based on non-payment or a no-cause notice between now and September 30th.
  • Tell your landlord as soon as possible if you cannot pay your rent. Instructions and form letter to inform your landlord if you cannot pay your rent before that point (scroll to bottom of document). You will also need to submit proof of loss of income.
  • If you cannot pay your rent now, you will still need to pay it back eventually (March 31, 2021, which is six months after the Moratorium on Evictions expires). If a tenant wishes to utilize the grace period to pay back rent incurred from April 1 - September 30, 2020, tenant must inform landlord and a record should be kept of this information. Scroll to the bottom of this document for a sample letter.
  • If a landlord violates any part of the new law, a tenant can get a court order to force the landlord to allow the tenant to move back into their home and a tenant can also sue the landlord for three months’ rent. 
  • Check Beaverton’s Housing Services to learn more about rent assistance and other resources for those impacted by COVID-19.

Hotline Contact Information

If you would like more information about the Residential Moratorium on Evictions the City of Beaverton is staffing a phone hotline 503-629-6427 and email account to respond to questions, with a commitment to maintaining a 24 hour response time for calls received M-F. The phone hotline will offer information in English and Spanish and responses in multiple languages, including Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese. The email hotline will offer information and responses in Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese.

Please note, city staff are able to provide information only. For additional resources, city staff will refer contacts to partner organizations for other needed follow up.