Inslee Announces Eviction Moratorium "Bridge"
The Governor stated that the current moratorium will be a “bridge” proclamation until eviction systems passed by the legislature will be effectively put in place. This will include additional money the legislature will provide to families and landlords and a combination of federal and state assistance to landlords and tenants which will go through July 1, 2021, to September 30, 2021.
More than $650 million dollars have been available and $500 million dollars of federal money that helped 80,000 landlords and tenants on a local basis. The Governor stated that this bridge is to protect against homelessness. The legislature passed SB 5160, which includes the eviction resolution pilot program and we are looking forward to getting these plans in place. These funds will be available in every county that will protect both tenants and landlords.
Tenants with Past Due Rent from February 29, 2020, to June 30, 2021, are not to be evicted. Landlords are prohibited from evicting a tenant until there is an operational rental assistance program and eviction resolution program in place in their county. Additionally, landlords are prohibited from treating past unpaid rent or other charges as an enforceable debt until the landlord and tenant have been provided with an opportunity to resolve nonpayment through an eviction resolution pilot program.
Beginning August 1, 2021 - Renters are expected to make full payment or actively seek rental assistance. If a renter is taking any of these actions the landlord is unable to evict. If the renter has not been paying – The landlord must provide a reasonable re-payment plan before beginning the eviction process. Tenants must also be provided, in writing, with the services and support available.
The actual proclamation will be available in the next few days, and we will forward a copy to you once it becomes public.
Both the Governor and Secretary Shah continued to encourage all Washingtonians to get vaccinated.
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Gov. Jay Inslee announced a “bridge” proclamation today between the eviction moratorium and the housing stability programs put in place by the Legislature. The bridge is effective July 1 through September 30.
More than $650 million of federal relief dollars allocated to assist renters is predicted to be available beginning in July. This is in addition to the $500 million dollars previously released by the Department of Commerce to local governments for rental assistance and will help more than 80,000 landlords and renters.
“As we all know, COVID has had a significant economic impact on our state and a lot of Washingtonians are still experiencing financial hardships. That is why I put an eviction moratorium in place last year,” Inslee said during a press conference Thursday. “These are all reasonable steps and will help ensure that renters and landlords have the opportunity to receive support and resources that are available to them.”
The eviction moratorium bridge will allow for a transition to the tenant protections established in SB 5160, including the Eviction Resolution pilot programs and the Right to Counsel program for indigent tenants.
The bridge is not an extension of the existing eviction moratorium, first declared in March 2020. Under the new order, new provisions will support renters and landlords until resources and programs become available.
For past rent due from February 29, 2020, through July 31, 2021, landlords are prohibited from evicting a tenant until there is an operational rental assistance program and eviction resolution program in place in their county. Additionally, landlords are prohibited from treating past unpaid rent or other charges as an enforceable debt until the landlord and tenant have been provided with an opportunity to resolve nonpayment through an eviction resolution pilot program.
Beginning August 1, renters are expected to pay full rent, reduced rent negotiated with the landlord, or actively seek rental assistance funding. Landlords may only evict a tenant if none of those actions are being taken but must offer the tenant a reasonable re-payment plan before beginning the eviction process. Tenants must also be provided, in writing, with the services and support available.
Hotels and motels, Airbnbs, long-term care facilities, and other non-traditional housing are exempt from the order.
The full proclamation and details will be available in the coming days.