Stay Home - Stay Healthy

During the Stay Home - Stay Healthy order, March 25 to May 4, 2020, housing providers are permitted to continue many activities necessary to building operation.  The list of permitted essential activities includes "service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences." Most non-essential building amenities should be closed.

CARES Act Eviction Moratorium

 

The following actions regarding residential tenants living in most properties benefiting from federal government assistance are prohibited until July 25, 2020, by Section 4022-24 of the CARES Act:

  • Filing evictions for non-payment of rent;

  • Charging late fees; and

  • Issuing notices of termination of tenancy.

This federal moratorium covers almost all income-based rental programs, including Low Income Housing Tax Credit properties and tenants with Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8). The federal moratorium also covers any property that has a federally backed mortgage loan.

If a multifamily property receives a mortgage forbearance under the Act, the same prohibitions apply for the duration of the forbearance.

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Statewide Eviction Prohibition

The following actions regarding residential tenants are prohibited until April 17, 2020, by Governor Inslee in Proclamation 20-19:

  • Issuing notices to pay or vacate;

  • Issuing notices of termination of tenancy, unless the owner certifies that the notice is necessary for the "health and safety of the tenant or other individuals";

  • Taking any legal action based on non-payment of rent; and

  • Enforcing an order for possession where the basis for eviction was solely non-payment of rent.

The governor's prohibition does not cover commercial tenants. You can read the governor's proclamation here.

Many local jurisdictions have enacted more comprehensive local prohibitions. Please see below for details about local restrictions.

This page will be updated as emergency orders are modified, extended, or terminated.
City of Burien

To be determined

City of Everett

Non-payment of rent

City of Kenmore

Most actions banned

City of Seattle

Most actions banned

King County

Physical evictions suspended

Snohomish County

Physical evictions suspended

The Burien City Council voted to ban evictions for non-payment of rent but has not published final language for this ban. The ordinance is reported to follow the same restrictions as the statewide moratorium.

The Council is scheduled to vote on final language on Monday, March 23, 2020.

In Everett, the following actions regarding residential tenants are prohibited until April 16, 2020, by Civil Emergency Order:

  • Issuing notices to pay or vacate;

  • Issuing notices of termination of tenancy;

  • Commencing legal action based on non-payment of rent; and

  • Charging late fees or other fees due to non-payment of rent.

In addition, the court may continue any existing case based on non-payment of rent until the ban is terminated.

In Kenmore, the following actions regarding residential tenants are prohibited until midnight on April 24, 2020, by Proclamation & Emergency Rule:

  • Issuing any notice;

  • Taking any legal action in an eviction case; and

  • Charging late fees or other fees due to non-payment of rent.

In addition, the court may continue any existing case until the ban is terminated.

In Seattle, the following actions regarding residential tenants and small commercial businesses/non-profits are prohibited until May 16, 2020, by Civil Emergency Order:

  • Issue any notice unless there is an "imminent threat to the health or safety";

  • Taking any legal action in an eviction case unless there is an " imminent threat to the health or safety" including acting on expiration of a fixed-term lease; and

  • Charging late fees or other fees due to non-payment of rent.

 

In addition, the court may continue any existing case until the ban is terminated.

The King County Sheriff has suspended all actions to enforce court orders to evict tenants (writs of restitution) until further notice.  The sheriff is reassigning her deputies to combat the emergency.

In reciprocity with the sheriff's office, King County Superior court has stayed all residential unlawful detainer cases until April 17, 2020.  This stay goes beyond the governor's order, which only barred non-payment of rent cases from proceeding.

Snohomish County Superior Court has directed all unlawful detainer hearings to be conducted via telephone.  The county has not imposed any other restrictions beyond those set by the statewide moratorium.

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