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Landlords sue Oregon, Multnomah County over eviction bans

The suit names Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Multnomah County, the city of Portland and the state of Oregon as defendants.

PORTLAND, Ore — Landlords are suing Oregon and Multnomah County over newly refreshed bans on evictions for nonpayment of rent.

A lawsuit filed in federal court on Monday calls the bans "unconstitutional." The suit names Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Multnomah County, the city of Portland and the state of Oregon as defendants.

Oregon lawmakers on Monday re-upped the statewide ban on evictions, albeit with the requirement that tenants sign and give their landlords declarations stating they have experienced financial hardship since March 16 of this year by way of factors including job loss and increased medical expenses. The moratorium is good through June 30 for those who qualify.

Gov. Kate Brown has yet to sign the bill but has signaled support for the legislation.

Multnomah County recently refreshed its ban on evictions so that it's effective through early July 2021.

The plaintiffs include Moe Farhoud, who owns Stark Firs Property Management. He owns about 1,200 apartments units in Oregon, according to court records. Other plaintiffs are Tyler and Crystal Sherman, who own 22 units in Oregon.

They are being represented by lawyers from David Wright Tremaine LLP.

The Portland Business Journal is a KGW News partner.

   

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