Oregon tenant advocates see uptick in landlord harassment

PORTLAND, Ore. (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 Oregon Public Broadcasting reports some tenant advocates say the ban on no-cause evictions has fueled a rise in tenant harassment. They say 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 the alliance’s phones are ringing off the hook because of confusion and people’s concerns about their housing in the future.