Gov. Brown extends foreclosure moratorium amid pandemic
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown has issued an executive order extending Oregon’s foreclosure moratorium through December, citing the continuing COVID-19-related recession.
“Extending the moratorium on foreclosures will ensure that more Oregonians do not lose their homes this year, and that businesses can continue to provide vital goods and services to our communities,” Brown said in a Monday announcement of the order.
The prior eviction moratorium was scheduled to expire at the end of September.
The governor acted under authority the Legislature granted in June when it passed House Bill 4204, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
The Oregon Bankers Association have sued, arguing that provisions in the bill that protect homeowners from fees and penalties associated with missed mortgage payments are unconstitutional.
The governor’s office said Monday’s order includes those additional provisions. The Oregon Bankers Association did not immediately respond to a request from the newspaper for comment.
Oregon also currently has a residential eviction ban for renters that is due to expire at the end of September. Tenants will have until the end of March to pay back rent. Brown said Monday she is continuing to have conversations with community leaders and stakeholders to look at options surrounding that moratorium.
Oregon reported 162 new confirmed and presumptive cases of the coronavirus and one new death on Monday. The new daily case count is the lowest Oregon has seen since June 29 when the state’s case count was still on the way up before starting a incremental decline around Aug. 1.