Important Update: Safe Harbor Eviction Protection Period Extended

Tenants must pay rent each month or risk eviction. The Governor recently signed SB 891, which extends temporary “Safe Harbor” protections protecting renters from nonpayment eviction until a tenant’s rent assistance application is no longer pending. All safe harbor protections expire on Sept. 30, 2022

To be protected, tenants must give proof that they have applied to their landlord by June 30, 2022, or at or before any first court appearance, whichever is sooner. Documentation can be:

  • a copy or photo of the documentation by email or text message
  • email, a screenshot, or other written or electronic documentation verifying the submission of an application for emergency rental assistance

Once a tenant has given their landlord documentation of their application, the landlord may not move forward with a termination notice or an eviction action until the application has been closed, denied, or paid. If your application is closed, denied, or paid in an amount that is less than is owed, your landlord can move forward with the eviction process.

After June 30, only tenants who have submitted their safe harbor documentation will be protected while their applications are processed. 

Landlords are required to give ten days of notice of termination of tenancy for nonpayment until Sept. 30, 2022. If you receive a 10-day notice for nonpayment:

  • If you haven’t already, apply for emergency rent assistance and provide documentation to your landlord.
  • Call the Community Alliance of Tenants (503-288-0130) or Springfield Eugene Tenant Association (541-972-3715) Hotlines or their local legal aid office. (www.oregonlawhelp.org). 

If you have questions about eviction protections, please visit the Oregon Law Center’s website for updates at www.oregonlawhelp.org.

You have the right to these protections regardless of your citizenship status.