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Oregon advocates report uptick in tenant harassment


PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon’s eviction moratorium generally appears to be working as intended, holding off evictions that are expected with the coronavirus-related economic crisis.

But some tenant advocates have said recently the ban on no-cause evictions has fueled a rise in tenant harassment, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. Advocates said it’s because landlords who for now can’t evict tenants formally through the courts are instead pressuring tenants until they feel they have to move out.

The Community Alliance of Tenants executive director Kim McCarty says landlords mostly are respecting the moratorium now but their phones are ringing off the hook with tenants who are confused about their future.

Hard numbers on reports of tenant harassment statewide or in Portland don’t exist, advocates said.

In a recent report on housing insecurity during the pandemic, the Community Alliance of Tenants and Portland State University captured a snapshot of the number of tenants facing harassment in July, three months after the state’s moratorium began. s

Out of 460 renters surveyed, 22 percent reported: “hostile, harassing, or threatening behavior from landlords or property managers.” That rate jumped to 32 percent for tenants who identified as Black, Indigenous or People of Color.