Oregon Legislature approves timeline extension for tenants to pay back rent

Update: Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 282 into law on May 19, 2021.


SALEM, Ore. — A new Oregon Senate bill is extending the timeline for Oregon renters to pay back rent accrued during the 2020 pandemic until February of next year.

The Oregon Legislature voted to pass Senate Bill 282 on May 11, 2021, in hopes of protecting the state’s most vulnerable populations, including Black, indigenous, and BIPOC communities.

The Oregon House Democrats say the legislation ensures both tenants and landlords can get the full benefit of the hundreds of millions of dollars in federal rent assistance coming to the state.

The legislation also protects against the use of COVID-era rental and credit records, when tenants apply to rent in the future.

NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.
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