Governor Jay Inslee Extends Washington Eviction Moratorium Through End Of The Year
BY JOHN O’BRIEN / KUOW & AP STAFF
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has extended the state’s eviction moratorium through the end of the year.
He said in a news conference Wednesday that he’s concerned about housing insecurity during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“We certainly don’t need more housing insecurity in the moment of uncertainty during this pandemic.,” Inslee said.
The moratorium, in place since March and extended a few times, was scheduled to expire next week. With some exceptions, it prohibits residential evictions and late fees on unpaid rent. It also requires landlords offer residents a repayment plan on unpaid rent.
The state’s unemployment rate for August was 8.5%, down from a record 16.3% in April after businesses closed or reduced operations under the initial stay-home orders that expired in May.
Inslee also announced a new $15 million federal grant that will be used to help businesses. It will be administered through the state Department of Commerce through its “New Safe Start” project.
After Gov. Jay Inslee extended the moratorium multiple times, most lawmakers, lobbyists and advocates expect March 31 will mark its true end — at least at the state level. Then the question of what will happen to renters without the moratorium’s blunt relief will go from hypothetical to very much real. Continue Reading Washington Scrambles To Avoid Mass Evictions As Moratorium Nears End
The new eviction ban is being enacted through the Centers for Disease Control. The goal is to stem the spread of the COVID outbreak, which the agency says in it’s order, “presents a historic threat to public health.” Continue Reading CDC Issues Sweeping Temporary Halt On Evictions Nationwide Through December
Rent is due this week. But with stay-home orders in both Washington and Idaho, shuttered businesses and a troubled economy, some people wonder if they’ll get evicted if they don’t pay. In Washington, a moratorium on evictions gives protection to renters hit hard by the COVID outbreak. Idaho has no such moratorium, but a recent court order may protect them. Continue Reading As Monthly Rents Come Due, So Do Different Eviction Policies For Idaho And Washington Tenants