Landlords concerned about eviction ban extension

Property managers are worried about the financial bind following the eviction ban extension.

Posted: Jun 28, 2020 5:52 PM
Updated: Jun 28, 2020 5:52 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Gov. Kate Brown's eviction freeze order was extended through September 30th during this week's special session. The bill also included a six-month grace period allowing tenants to wait until March 31, 2021 at the latest to pay landlords.

"Having that option is great for people who are struggling right now," Eugene resident Megan Hunt said.

Some landlords feel tenants are taking advantage of the situation.

"They look at the next door guy who is not paying, not because he can't afford it, but because he chooses not to," Property Manager of Shooting Stars Investments Michelle Gardner says. "Even good tenants who have been with me a long time are starting to wonder why they should have to pay."

Out of Gardner's 60 tenants she says one-third of them aren't paying rent or even offered a solution. Gardner says the bill doesn't take landlords livelihoods into consideration. 

"It's our retirement," Gardner said. "We can't turn around and sell. We don't have 401k's or any of that. We are self-employed."

Gardner says tenants should be forced to pay or work something out with landlords. 

"There are certain companies like UCAN and other businesses like that to give them a chance to get their rents paid," Gardner said. "There's no way for a landlord to go in and say 'look we didn't get rents paid for this month, they're still living there, pay us for it.'"

Gardner also says taking legal action is time and money she shouldn't be forced to spend.

"The problem is the longer it goes, the more cases are backed up and so the courts will take even longer," Gardner says.

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