Washington State Eviction Moratorium
Being a landlord during a pandemic is not for the faint of heart.
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee put an eviction moratorium in place on March 18th, 2020, with the intent of preventing an increase in homelessness during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The moratorium, which legally prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for non-payment of rent, was set to expire the first week of June but has now been extended through August 1st. With limited exceptions, the moratorium also does not allow late fees to be charged on unpaid rent, and landlords are required to offer residents a repayment plan on unpaid rent.
The office of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has received hundreds of complaints from tenants stating that their landlords are insisting on payments with the risk of eviction if not paid in full.
Some community members are in agreement that rent forgiveness is essential while landlords are left to clean up the mess… both metaphorically and literally. If you are a landlord and need help navigating this difficult time, reach out now.
For more information regarding COVID-19 and resources available to you, please visit the following:
WA State Department Of Health
WA State Department Of Financial Institute
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