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2021 Oregon Legislative Forecast Is Hazy with a High Chance of Storms

The 2021 legislative session is underway, and it’s already shaping up to be one of the most dynamic in a string of dynamic sessions. Before I give you a rundown of the key bills I’m watching for the commercial real estate industry,
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Oregon Legislature Extends Residential Eviction Moratorium, Creates Landlord Compensation Fund

On December 21, 2020, the Oregon Legislature passed HB 4401, further extending the moratorium on residential evictions without cause and for nonpayment of rent from December 31, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The law also extends the deadline for repayment…
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Multnomah County “Freezes” Eviction Proceedings Through 2020

Multnomah County may be exiting Governor Kate Brown’s COVID-19 “freeze,” but eviction proceedings in Oregon’s largest county remain largely on hold until after the New Year.
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Oregon Establishes Fund to Help Homeowners Pay Their Mortgages

On November 19, 2020, the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department (OHCS) announced a $20 million fund called the Oregon Homeowner Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) to help homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments.
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Residential Eviction Extension Proposal Includes Landlord Relief

Oregon House Bill 4213, as extended by Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 20-56, currently prohibits eviction of residential tenants for non-payment of rent through December 31, 2020, as previously discussed. However, with COVID-19 raging on and…
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Banks Sue Over Oregon’s Foreclosure Moratorium

Two recent lawsuits filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon illustrate that Oregon banks are none too pleased about HB 4204. This legislation, passed by the Oregon legislature in June 2020, prohibits residential and commercial…
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Oregon Eviction Ban Extended for Residential But Not Commercial Tenants

On September 28, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-56. Citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the recent state wildfires, the Order extends the existing ban on eviction of residential tenants for non-payment of rent until December 31…
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Fannie Mae Extends Temporary Moratorium on Residential Foreclosures and Evictions

At the end of August, Fannie Mae announced an extension of a temporary moratorium on residential foreclosures and evictions that was originally set to expire on August 31, 2020. The moratorium applies to single-family mortgages backed by Fannie Mae…
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A Terrible Time to Be Without Water

On the reservation of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Central Oregon, it’s wildfire season. As of August 25, two fires were burning.
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Oregon Foreclosure Moratorium Extended Until December 31, 2020

On August 31, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-37, extending prohibitions on residential and commercial foreclosures in Oregon through December 31, 2020. This Order was issued under the Governor’s authority given by Oregon…
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Court Decision Favors Businesses Claiming Insurance Coverage for COVID-Related Losses

Companies across the state, and around the country, have suffered significant loss of income due to interruptions to their business caused by the spread of COVID-19 and the ensuing government-ordered closures. These companies have been disappointed…
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Real Estate Adapts to the New COVID Normal

Like most other industries, the real estate business was turned upside-down in March when the COVID-19 outbreak got real. Now that five months have passed and life with COVID-19 appears to be the new normal, some real estate trends are starting to…
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Oregon Adopts Temporary E-Notarization Law

In a prior blog post , we identified the recent trend to adoption of e-notarization in several states in response to the COVID crisis. As of that time, Oregon had not authorized e-notarization on either a permanent or temporary basis.
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Portland's Residential Real Estate Market Responds Surprisingly to COVID-19

The COVID-19 health crisis has indelibly affected society, impacting our behaviors, habits, and priorities. Unlike previous recessions, our relationship to spending and saving may be markedly different in our current circumstance. One clear example…
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New Law Prohibits Foreclosures in Oregon Until September 30, 2020

During the special session held between June 24 and June 26, the Oregon legislature passed, and Governor Brown signed into law, HB 4204, which prohibits foreclosures in Oregon from March 8, 2020 until September 30, 2020. It applies to both…
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Oregon Legislature Extends Eviction Moratorium to September 30

On June 26, state lawmakers approved House Bill 4213 extending Governor Brown’s executive order temporarily prohibiting evictions of both residential and commercial tenants for non-payment of rent or other charges under a lease. Under the Governor’s…
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Force Majeure Clause Hitz the Spot for Restaurant Tenant

In previous updates Tonkon Torp attorneys have addressed the applicability of force majeure clauses in commercial contracts. As expected, commercial renters are taking a beating, and many have been forced to close as a result of the pandemic.
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COVID-19 Creates Short-Term Liquidity Problems in Commercial Real Estate

It is the first day of May, and in normal times the rent would be due again. But these are far from normal times, and in many cases the likelihood that rent will actually be paid (or paid in full) is quite low. As tenants search their couches for…
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COVID-19 Relief for 1031 Exchanges: Deadlines Moved to July 15, 2020

On April 9th, the IRS released Notice 2020-23. The Notice pertains to Section 1031 like-kind exchanges to defer capital gains tax on the sale of real property. Under the Notice, the 45-day identification deadlines and 180-day exchange deadlines that…
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Coronavirus and Commercial Evictions: Oregon’s New Moratorium

On April 1, 2020, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-13, expanding certain coronavirus-related eviction protections to include commercial tenants. This order follows a series of emergency moratoria issued by Governor Brown, the City…
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