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Albany, OR. 97321

(541) 924-6902



Legal presentations about landlord/tenant law & eviction issues in Oregon will be scheduled upon request. This program was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon. See the frequently asked questions below or the Eviction Clinic Brochure for more information.



The Eviction Prevention Program


The Linn County Law Library recently applied for and received a $41,000.00 grant to support the operation of an eviction prevention clinic, which will provide general assistance to people trying to locate information about Oregonís recent tenant laws and the eviction process. The eviction prevention clinic will make available forms and pamphlets regarding eviction prevention for tenants and will provide referrals to other sources of public assistance in Linn County and the greater Oregon area. The eviction prevention clinic will arrange for presentations regarding evictions in Oregon by pro-bono attorneys from Legal Aid Services of Oregon. Contact the law library if you are interested in attending a legal presentation.

Legal representation is NOT available through the Linn County Law Library. For further assistance, contact the Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO), the Community Services Consortium (CSC), Fair Housing in Oregon, Oregon Rental Housing Authority, or Oregon Housing and Community Services. Early intervention is critical and can save you from eviction due to nonpayment of rent.


The law library has a collection of resources for tenants available including the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program: https://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/housing-assistance/Documents/05-14-2021-OERAP-Paper-App-fillable.pdf. You may also want to visit the LASO website at: https://oregonlawhelp.org/issues/housing or refer to OSB TV and the Eviction Lab for additional information.



Can I be evicted if I donít pay my rent? To be covered by the eviction moratorium, you must provide a written declaration form that you meet the CDC requirements to your landlord. Be sure to retain a copy of your signed declaration and evidence that you provided it to your landlord. For additional information, contact the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at (800) 569-4287 or go to https://www.hudexchange.info/pro- grams/housing-counseling/rental-eviction/ to get contact information for a local housing counselor.


What is the Oregon Rental Eviction Assistance Program? There is no longer an eviction freeze in Oregon. Renters who are behind on rent or can't pay future rent should apply for help. The Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP) helps renters get the support they need to avoid utility shutoff or eviction. The program is administered by the Oregon Housing Community Services (OHCS) and its subgrantees. To find out if youíre eligible, please visit https://oerap.oregon.gov/orera/.


What is Senate Bill 891? Senate Bill 891 extends the suspension of termination of residential tenancies for nonpayment of rent for tenants who have applied for emergency rental assistance and provided documentation of application to their landlord on or before June 30, 2022, throughout the period that application is pending.


Can a landlord and a tenant work out a payment plan to cover back rent? Yes, a tenant and their landlord can negotiate a plan but a tenant is not required to enter into any kind of payment plan. A tenant is only required to tell the landlord that they plan on paying back rent during the six-month grace period and to pay back all of the rent thatís owed on or before March 31, 2021.


Is a landlord allowed to give a tenant a notice saying that the tenant owes rent? Yes. However, the landlord is not allowed to say that he or she intends to evict for nonpayment of the rent thatís owed until after December 31, 2020.


Can a landlord give me a notice of termination for cause, or file for eviction based on notice for cause? Yes. The new law only covers evictions for nonpayment of rent or no-cause terminations. A landlord is still allowed to give a tenant a notice based on a violation of the rental agreement.


What can I do if the landlord violates the new law? You can notify the landlord in writing that you think they are violating the law. You may also contact Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) or the Oregon State Bar Referral Service for assistance.


Where can I find more information for low-income tenants? OregonLawHelp.org provides information for tenants including Oregon renterís rights and protections during COVID-19.


Can I expunge an eviction record? Yes, but not all eviction records can be expunged. See OregonLawHelp.org for additional information.


How can the Linn County Eviction Prevention Clinic help me? The Linn County Eviction Prevention Program DOES NOT provide utility or rental financial assistance for tenants but will provide them with referrals to other organizations that may assist low-income renters struggling to pay rent or facing eviction. The clinic is designed to serve as a referral service for tenants facing eviction and to assist them with locating and completing applications for rental/utility assistance (OERAP) or other public assistance programs.


Reference the Tenant Resource Center Eviction Tips


Local Resources & Services Online:

211 Info COVID-19 Information & Resources

CARES Funding Housing Assistance Programs

Community Alliance of Tenants

Community Services Consortium

Every Tenants Legal Guide E-Book

LBCC: Housing Information

Legal Aid Services of Oregon

Linn-Benton Housing Authority

Linn-Benton Rental Housing Association

Network for Affordable Housing

Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program Application

Oregon Eviction Moratorium Video

Oregon.gov Landlord & Tenant Resources

Oregon Housing & Community Services Department



Recorded Videos on Evictions in Oregon:

Beyond the Moratoria: How States Are Preparing for an Evictions Surge July 23rd, 2021

Extending the Eviction Moratorium? November 2021

Evictions During COVID-19: Know Your Rights September 2021

Filling Out the OERAP Application

Gov. Brown weighs special session on tenant protections, rental aid November 15, 2021

Landlord/Tenant & Eviction Issues in Oregon September 10th, 2021

Landlord / Tenant & Eviction Issues in Oregon and Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties

Landlord/Tenant Videos (The Justice Center)

New Limits to Rent Increases and NoĖCause Evictions in Oregon

Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program: How To Apply

Oregon Housing Update June 2021

Oregon State Bar TV on Evictions September 18, 2019††


Subject Guide: Landlord-Tenant Resources

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