Washington State COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Update (October 12, 2020)

Washington State’s Governor Inslee has just announced another extension to the Washington statewide eviction moratorium, this time extending the order until the end of 2020. The Federal Trump Administration has also joined in to support eviction protections during the coronavirus pandemic. If you can remember back to March of this year, the Federal CARES Act passed by Congress included a 120-day suspension on residential evictions. The CARES Act also allowed certain landlords (those with federally-backed mortgages) to request forbearance of their payments. It also required landlords to offer their tenants a repayment plan on unpaid rent.

The Trump administration and the CDC recently issued a public health order, stating that there will be a halt to process evictions from September 4th through the end of 2020. To qualify under the federal eviction moratorium, tenants must submit a declaration to their landlord declaring they cannot pay rent, have availed themselves of available assistance and make less than $99,000 per year.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, many people find themselves with new questions about their legal rights and options.  We welcome you to contact Limitless Law PLLC in Bellingham, Washington for a consultation about ways to protect your family and your business during this time.  Our office can be reached at 360-685-0145.