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Mortgage lender and title company information


Mortgage companies and other lenders cannot prevent applicants from participating in the deferral programs per ORS 311.670(3) and ORS 311.700.

Payment information

If a payoff is requested after September 1, the balance may not include the current year's property tax amount. Please contact the Deferral Unit:
Phone: (503) 945-8348
Senior and disabled programs
For active accounts, property tax payments are made to the counties on November 15. The deferral program laws require active accounts as of September 1 to be paid in November.

If the deferral account is active and you do not want to the program to pay the property taxes, we must receive a cancel statement, signed by the participant(s), prior to September 1.

Between September 1 and November 15:
  • If the property become disqualified (i.e. sold or changes ownership, the participant moves, or the participant dies); or if a cancel statement is received; then the program will still pay the current year's property taxes.
  • In this event, we suggest that the title companies hold back enough funds to reimburse us for the current year's taxes. Do not pay the taxes directly to the county. This will cause a double payment with the county tax collector and may delay the lien release process.

Special assessment program
For active accounts, payments are made to the taxing districts on February 1 and August 1. 


The department records a lien for each approved property with the county clerk's office. The lien attaches to the property on July 1 of the year for which property taxes were first deferred. Lien fees are charged to the deferral account.

In order to process a lien release on a deferral account, we require:

  • The deferral account must be paid in full, including the current year's property taxes for active accounts receiving payment in full between September 1 and November 15.
  • A completed cancel statement must be signed by everyone listed on the payoff screen or by their representatives.
  • Participants may re-apply for the deferral program between January 1 and April 15.