The Solution: Eviction Expungements

Senate Bill 873, passed in 2019, allows tenants to eliminate old eviction judgments, and to seal the court record of certain eviction cases. It applies to three categories of eviction cases:

  1. Eviction cases where the tenant wins
  2. Eviction cases resolved through an agreement between the landlord and the tenant, where the tenant fully complies with that agreement
  3. Eviction cases that are more than five years old, where the tenant does not owe a money award as part of the eviction judgment.

If you are in one of those three categories, Oregon’s new law allows us to file a motion with the court for the eviction judgment against you 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:

The bill was sponsored by Senators Shemia Fagan, Lew Frederick, and James Manning Jr, with critical help from Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, Sybil Hebb, and many others.

The law went into effect on January 1, 2020. If you have an eviction case that you want hidden from public record, call or email Portland Defender. We can help with that!

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