Do you need to pay rent in April?
The State of Oregon and Multnomah County have created rules to protect renters who have lost income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to pay rent. Here is what you need to know if you are a renter in Multnomah County:
- YES, you still owe your landlord for rent for April.
- You have the option to postpone paying your rent for April ONLY if you have lost income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You will still need to pay April rent later. You will have six months from the end of the COVID-19 emergency to pay any rent payments you skip.
- If you need to postpone paying rent in April because of COVID-19, you MUST do two things:
- Notify your landlord in writing on or before the day that rent is due. Here is a sample letter that you can use to give this notice to your landlord (on the last page of the linked document).
- Provide documentation of your loss of income. This could be a letter from your employer, a letter from your doctor, a notice from your child’s school, or other documents explaining why your income has been reduced as a result of the pandemic.
More details and information are available from the Portland Housing Bureau.