Final round of landlord compensation fund opens; $60M avail. for past due rent

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The third and final round of the state’s Landlord Compensation Fund program opened Tuesday and will include at least $60 million in assistance covering rent-owed by eligible tenants accrued from April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

The Oregon Legislature allocated a total of $150 million to the Landlord Compensation Fund (LCF), to be distributed in multiple rounds. “

This is the final opportunity for landlords to apply to get assistance to cover rental debt for all tenants, regardless of income. We encourage landlords to apply by June 18. All funds must be awarded by June 30,” said Oregon Housing and Community Services Director Margaret Salazar.

Oregon’s Landlord Compensation Program is designed to provide relief to residential landlords who have been unable to collect rent due to tenant hardships.

Participating landlords can receive up to 80% of rent owed from April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 for qualifying residents.

For the first time, landlords can apply for LCF funds to cover former renters.

Oregon Housing and Community Services’ website includes an updated Declaration of Financial Hardship for former tenants.

To be eligible for assistance for rent owed by a former tenant, the landlord must provide the Declaration of Financial Hardship and the current address of their former tenant.

As outlined in statute, landlords may be eligible to receive funding for an amount equal to 80% of the rental debt owed by qualified residents. Participating landlords must agree to forgive the remaining 20% of the tenant’s debt as a condition of receiving payment.

“In Round Three, we will move to processing applications on a rolling basis until remaining funds are obligated. We plan on reviewing applications June 4th, June 11th and June 18th. We encourage landlords to apply as early as possible in this next round,” said Julie Cody, Director of Affordable Rental Housing.

In Round Two, which closed on May 17, over 3,200 landlord applications were submitted, requesting over $40 million in funds.

These applications are currently being processed, and landlords are expected to finalize their grant agreements over the next two weeks. Once grant agreements are finalized, funds will be distributed

Round One application processing is almost complete:

  • In total, the Public Housing Authorities have been given 2,932 Round One landlord applications to process which will total $32.99 M, covering missed rent for nearly 12,000 renter households.
  • At this point we are seeing over a million dollars of payments going out every day from the network of public housing authorities as they work to verify ownership, set up bank transfers and provide written notice to tenant households.
  • As of today, nearly a third of Round One funds have been sent to landlords and we expect the majority of funds to be out by next week.
  • A third of our Housing Authority partners have distributed nearly all of their resources from this funding round out into the community.
  • In nine counties, all landlords have received their payment or have a check in the mail.

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