SB 799 would give renters the legal right to stay in their unit without paying rent for at least 60 days while an application for rental assistance makes its way through the process. This will do nothing to ensure low-income Oregonians can pay rent.
The state extended “safe harbor” requirements several times during the pandemic, every time with the promise that they were temporary.
Now, they’ve introduced SB 799 to make them permanent. This would destabilize rental housing further – because there is no guarantee that the housing provider will recoup the money they will inevitably lose because of these requirements.
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