Coronavirus Guides

Coronavirus: A Guide for REALTORS® (NAR)

Includes:

  • General guidance
  • Showing guidance
  • Transaction guidance
  • Fair housing guidance

Oregon’s New Eviction Law for Residential Tenancies (HB 4213)

(June 29, 2020)

House Bill 4213 is heading to the Governor to be signed into law. House Bill 4213 statutorily extends bans on both commercial and residential evictions for three months, until September 30, 2020. Until that date, evictions for nonpayment of rent are forbidden statewide. The bill creates a six-month grace period for tenants to repay unpaid rent accrued during the emergency period. Any balance of unpaid rent and other charges amassed between April 1 and September 30 must be paid in full by March 31, 2021, and tenants are still required to pay rent as it comes due after September 30. Of importance, the bill requires tenants to notify the landlord that they intend to utilize the grace period.

For a full summary of the bill and frequently asked questions  view OAR’s Guide to HB 4213 Oregon’s New COVID-19 Eviction Law. 

 

For a full summary of the bill and frequently asked questions  view OAR’s Guide to HB 4213 Oregon’s New COVID-19 Eviction Law. 


(June 5, 2020) OAR Guide to Phase 2 Reopening

Today, 14 Oregon Counties enter Phase 2 of Oregon’s Reopening.  Tomorrow, an additional 11 counties enter Phase 2.  Subject to public health guidelines, physical distancing, gathering size limits and sanitation guidelines Phase 2 activities include: recreational sports; pools; venues like movie theaters, bowling alleys, and arcades; some additional in-office work; bars and restaurants able to stay open until midnight; social, civic, and faith-based gatherings can meet in larger, physically-distanced groups.

 

OAR has put together a guide for REALTORS® to navigate Phase 2. The guide includes:

  • County Status
  • Phase 2 overview
  • Best practices for reopening offices and resuming office work
  • Showings and open houses
  • Transaction guidance
  • Fair housing
  • Landlord/tenant issues

OAR Guide for Phase 2 Reopening

Additional Documents:
COVID-19 Return-to-Work Flowchart
Daily Sign-In Certification
COVID-19 Employee Self-Certification


Tips to comply with Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-25 Safe and Strong Oregon

(updated 5.27.20) 

In an effort to help OAR members navigate during this pandemic, we have put together and updated guide for the latest EO from the Governor. You will find guidance on the following items:

  • Statewide Requirements
  • Phase 1 Guidelines
  • Face Coverings
  • Open houses

These tips are meant to be helpful to OAR members trying to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus and comply with the Governor’s Executive Order. They do not represent official guidance from the government and they may not be comprehensive.

Governor Brown Safe and Strong Oregon


Buyer & Seller Advisory COVID-19 Updates

(updated 5.27.20) 

The Oregon Association of REALTORS® has created the following Buyer and Seller Advisories with tips for buyers and sellers navigating home selling and purchasing during the COVID-19 crisis.  Make your clients aware of these tools.  In addition to the COVID-19 information, they provide your clients with comprehensive information about the home buying and selling process.

OAR Buyer Advisory _COVID19 Updates

OAR Seller Advisory COVID-19 Updates


COVID-19 Information Affecting Landlord

(updated 5.28.20)

  • Landlords across Oregon are now subject to several different restrictions, as well as, some relief from various levels and branches of government. We encourage you to visit Multifamily NW and the Oregon Rental Housing Association for additional information on developments affecting landlords and access to forms that may be helpful to landlords.  OAR has created the following guide to help landlords; COVID-19 Information Affecting Landlords.

It covers:

  • Eviction Ban (Section 4024)
  • Mortgage Forbearance and Foreclosure Ban (Sections 4022 and 4033)
  • State Eviction Moratorium
  • Chief Justice’s Orders
  • Local Bans

See all details here, COVID-19 Information Affecting Landlords_updated 5.28.20


Oregon REALTOR® Guide to COVID-19 Financial Relief for Individuals and Businesses

The U.S. Senate passed a $2 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package Wednesday night, which includes coverage for
independent contractors and those living on a commission-based income. The bill now heads to the House for a vote. Under the bill, Realtors® and brokerages may be eligible for no interest or forgivable loans and unemployment insurance that could provide benefits for up to 39 weeks.

Read a full summary of COVID-19 Financial Relief for Individuals and Businesses. This guide will review what will be available from the recently passed bill as well as previous federal and state efforts.

 


OREF Has New COVID-19 Extension Addendum 

The COVID-19 virus and response are causing unprecedented changes in our day to day behavior, including all of the potential parties in a real estate transaction.  OAR worked with OREF to develop an addendum which provides for an automatic extension of the transaction deadlines if parties are unable to meet their obligations because of COVID-19.  If you are an OREF Subscriber the form should be available by the afternoon of March 20 or the morning of March 21 in your forms library through the zipLogix, Dotloop, or Redfin platforms.  If not, here is a sample version, OREF 096 – COVID Addendum Secured.  You may want to consider similar language.

There will be situations or parties which are not going to be addressed by this agreement.  In those instances it will be incumbent on each of you to exercise your professionalism and expertise to address the needs of your individual clients.  Parties can always use a standard addendum to modify the terms of the Purchase and Sale Agreement, as needed.  We encourage you to seek legal advice when appropriate.


Work Verification Notice

OAR has developed a Work Verification Notice for brokerages to provide their agents in the event there is a “shelter In place” order AND real estate is deemed an essential business service, allowing our members to continue working outside of the home.

While this type of verification is not technically required at the moment, one of the Governors mandates included an instruction that all people that can perform their jobs remotely must do so. The Work Verification Notice provides some assurance for the agent and brokerage to share in the event they are questioned while out performing official business duties.

The brokerage can brand the verification with their logo and any other information they deem relevant or appropriate. This is intended to be a helpful tool.

COVID 19- Work Verification Notice