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Kate Brown Orders to Stop Residential Evictions during COVID-19 Crisis

Seth Root/The Broadside

Do you rent a place here in Central Oregon? Kate Brown’s new order stops residential evictions during COVID-19 crisis. 

Due to extraordinary circumstances, renters are not going to be evicted from their homes this spring, a temporary order that would benefit Central Oregon Community College students (and others) who rent from others. 

Governor Kate Brown announced on March 22 that it was placing a temporary memorandum on residential evictions, meaning that, students and Central Oregonians will not be evicted from their homes, according to the news release. 

The decision was made in response to COVID-19 in Oregon, and is aimed to ensure Oregonians are safe and to also help Oregonians who find themselves struggling in these difficult times. 

“Through no fault of their own, many Oregonians have lost jobs, closed businesses, and found themselves without a source of income to pay rent and other housing costs during this coronavirus outbreak,” said Governor Brown, in the release. “The last thing we need to do during this crisis is turn out more Oregonians struggling to make ends meet from their homes and onto the streets.” 

Under the Governor’s emergency powers, the order places a temporary hold throughout Oregon on law enforcement actions relating to residential evictions for not paying rent. The temporary order is effective for 90 days, ending on May 22 of this year. 

Seth Root is the News/Opinion Editor of the Broadside. To reach him, his email address is



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