Washington County OKs 90-day eviction protection in unincorporated areas
Renters in unincorporated Washington County now have 30 extra days of protection from eviction, per a recently passed emergency ordinance, county officials announced Tuesday.
The ordinance, passed last month, extends the 60-day tenant protection period in Senate Bill 278 to 90 days. Multnomah County passed a similar ordinance in July.
Because the county cannot act as the local health authority, the ordinance only applies in unincorporated areas. Cities within Washington County however do have the power to adopt a similar ordinance.
Tenants in unincorporated Washington County will now have 90 days of protection after they show their landlord proof of an application for rental assistance. Once the application is completed, they should receive notification that the application was received.
In order to stay protected from eviction for nonpayment of rent for an additional 90 days, tenants should show their landlords proof that they applied for rental assistance.
County Chair Kathryn Harrington said that 40% of rental units in Washington County are in unincorporated areas. She hopes that the extended moratorium will help provide thousands of residents the chance to stay in their homes while the local economy rebuilds itself.
"This pandemic has threatened not only our community's health but also our economic well-being, and the impact of both has been disproportionate to those who have been historically underserved for generations," she said.
The ordinance comes shortly after The U.S. Supreme Court in August struck down the federal eviction moratorium extension, placing many renters in Washington County at risk for eviction, county officials said. A backlog in rental assistance applications at the state and county level also prompted the necessity to extend the moratorium.
OPB reported earlier this month that Washington County so far has received 6,177 applications with only 151 approved for payment. More than half of these applications still await a review.
Information on emergency rental assistance can be found on the county's website or by calling 2-1-1.
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