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New state program aims to help local landlords, business tenants

A new state program will help local landlords cover lease payments from small businesses behind in rent payments because of Covid. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – Malheur County landlords with business tenants can get help from a state program that compensates for unpaid rents.

Business Oregon’s Commercial Rent Relief Grant Program, which opened last week, is set up to help building owners cover lease payments from small businesses that are behind on their rent because of Covid. Deadline to apply for the program is Friday, March 19.

The program provides up to $100,000 per business tenant but no more than $3 million for each landlord. To qualify, a landlord must agree not to evict the tenant for six months and waive any rights to collect outstanding penalties or interest or enforce eviction clauses connected to . . .