The Solution: SB 873

Senate Bill 873, on “Eviction Expungements,” would allow tenants to eliminate old eviction judgments, and to seal the court record of certain eviction cases. It would apply to three categories of eviction cases:

  1. Eviction cases that are more than five years old
  2. Eviction cases resolved through an agreement between the landlord and the tenant, where the tenant fully complies with that agreement
  3. Eviction cases where the tenant wins

If a tenant is in one of those three categories, SB 873 would allow that tenant to file a request with the court for the eviction judgment against them to be set aside, as well as for the eviction case to be sealed from public view.

Official Oregon State Legislature information on Senate Bill 873 can be found here: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/SB873

The bill has been sponsored by Senators Shemia Fagan, Lew Frederick, and James Manning Jr.

SB 873 was recommended by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and passed the Senate with near-unanimous support on April 29, 2019. As of May 2019, the bill is now before the House Judiciary Committee.