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Lane County may extend grace period for evictions

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Lane County is considering an extension of the state’s eviction grace-period for tenants from 60 to 90 days. The grace period was enacted by lawmakers before the state’s pandemic eviction moratorium ended on June 30th.

At their Tuesday meeting, county staff told commissioners 60 days isn’t enough for renters to access assistance programs, which face a backlog.

During public comment, Timothy Morris, with Eugene-Springfield Tenants Association, said tenants can submit applications for rent relief then run out of time.

“Yet these renter households are facing evictions from their home through entirely no fault of their own,” Morris said. “This is a timing issue and nothing more. And giving renters more time will ensure that people will not be kicked out to the street, get COVID-19, and/or add to our significantly over burdensome unhoused population.

The board will hold a second reading of the ordinance and a public hearing on November 30th.

If approved, Lane County would become the third county in Oregon to extend the eviction grace period.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.