EUGENE, Ore. -- It's been two days since the nationwide eviction moratorium officially expired, and right now, some Oregon renters are packing up and getting out.
Since March 2020, this eviction moratorium has prevented landlords from kicking out residents who don’t pay their rent. But as of Aug. 1, it’s expired and eviction notices are being served to millions across America.
Some people are saying this is a good thing.
Mother and daughter Jean Kimble and Jen Kimble-Bohannon said they will finally be able to sleep again because their neighbors woke up to that sign on their door. They said about 11 people were illegally living in the duplex next to them, and it was nothing but chaos for over a year and a half: trash everywhere, dead rats laying around, doors slamming and dogs constantly barking.
They said things even turned violent a couple of times.
Kimble said that originally, they were evicted in October 2019, but the pandemic hit and land management said that because of the eviction moratorium in place, there was nothing they could do about it.
“Their animals were coming over and attacking the screens and our animals and cats,” Kimble said. “It got to the point that we had police here every single night in our back, we had to finally put cameras up."
Kimble-Bohannon said that they have been living in a nightmare and are glad their neighbors, who have taken advantage of the system, will finally be out.
But on the other hand, there are those who have just been trying to get by in rough times who have been forced out.
The Korn family said they’ve paid every single payment during the span of the eviction moratorium and are still being kicked to the curb. They’re now living in a 26-foot trailer after being evicted from their home.
Jennifer Korn said that their lease was up July 1, but on July 7 she received an eviction notice saying they must be out Aug. 4. Korn said they had signed and paid a month-to-month lease in full.
But now, with the housing crisis in Lane County, there are no rentals available.
The family told KEZI they begged the management company to work with them and give them one month, but management said no and upped the prices even higher on their current rent, making it impossible to pay.
Eugene attorney Lance Quaranto, who represents both landlords and tenants, said this definitely has more of an effect on small "Ma and Pa" landlords.
“The idea that the moratorium is ending is also a bit of a misnomer. There's been evictions going on throughout the pandemic, just for other reasons than failure to pay rent,” Quaranto said. “And so, how is this going to effect people? It's going to be awful for tenants who are not able to pay their because of COVID. It's going to be good for landlords who rely on rent.”
Quaranto said there's been a lot of flux in landlord-tenant law recently but he expects it to continue as we all try to get back to a pre-pandemic world.