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Updated March 22, 2022

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What to do if you get an eviction notice

211info: If you or your household receive an eviction notice for nonpayment of rent, call 2-1-1 immediately to learn about rapid-payment rent assistance that may help you avoid eviction. The County’s eviction defense team may be able to provide rapid financial and legal resources to help renters in Multnomah County stay in their homes. Call even if you've already applied for help through the state’s online portal or a community organization.

Download this fact sheet from Oregon Law Center to learn more about eviction protections.

Where to find legal help

Renters who need legal advice can find support from community resources such as Oregon Law Center, Community Alliance of Tenants or Legal Aid Services of Oregon.

Eligibility for rent assistance in Multnomah County

Happy black family hugging and embracing on couchIf you are a Multnomah County resident and are struggling to pay your rent (current and overdue) due to the pandemic, you may be eligible to receive assistance. You must meet all the below criteria to be eligible:  

  1. You are a renter in Oregon behind on your payments.

  2. One or more members of your household can demonstrate how the COVID-19 pandemic has directly or indirectly impacted their ability to pay rent or utilities.

  3. Your annual household income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income for your household size. Use the chart below to determine your income eligibility.

Household Size 80% Area Median Income (AMI)
1 $54,150
2 $61,900
3 $69,650
4 $77,350
5 $83,550
6 $89,750
7 $95,950
8 $102,150

Information about eviction protections

Oregon Senate Bill 891 protects renters who have applied for rent assistance from nonpayment evictions if they provide documentation of their application to their landlords

The State of Oregon’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program closed to new applicants on Monday, March 21. Oregon renters who applied for rent assistance before the program closed and provide documentation to their landlord before July 1, 2022 are protected by this “safe harbor” protection until their application is processed, up until Sept. 30, 2022.This protection also applies to renters who already submitted documentation to their landlords and had their previous protections expire while they waited for their assistance to arrive.

Renters can receive the appropriate documentation from the rent assistance provider they are working with.

If you have additional questions about how and when to submit evidence of your application, please contact your rent assistance provider or Oregon Law Center, Community Alliance of Tenants or Legal Aid Services of Oregon.

Please be aware that other renter protections may also be available depending on your individual circumstances.

How to qualify for eviction protections

Renters can receive the appropriate documentation from the rent assistance provider they are working with. That documentation must be submitted to the landlord before July 1, 2022, for the eviction protections to take effect.

If you have additional questions about how and when to submit evidence of your application, please contact your rent assistance provider or Oregon Law Center, Community Alliance of Tenants or Legal Aid Services of Oregon.