How COVID-19 Affects Evictions in Seattle and the Rest of Washington

March 18, 2020

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3/19/2020 UPDATE: Last night, Governor Inslee placed a 30-day moratorium on evictions statewide.  Learn more here.

With all the daily disruptions to “normal life” amid the coronavirus pandemic, one very real concern you may have is what do you do if you're facing eviction? Whether that's a commercial eviction?

This past weekend, Seattle City's Council passed and then expanded a moratorium on residential evictions and according to this moratorium, all residential evictions will be suspended for 60 days. It's possible that this order could extend beyond 60 days.

What this means is that landlords cannot issue termination notices for non-payment of rent

landlords, cannot advance termination notices which have already been posted, and landlords cannot initiate new eviction actions in court. This also applies to residential evictions related to leases that have expired or will expire during the coronavirus emergency.

While Washington's court system has yet to respond to this or make any changes with regard to the eviction procedure and process, the City Council's actions were followed up this week by an

announcement by the King County Sheriff's Office, which announced that it will be temporarily halting service and enforcement of eviction actions. This extends not only to commercial and

residential eviction of tenants but also to the foreclosure eviction of homeowners. There are indications, however, that on a case-by-case basis, exceptions may be made if there are health or safety concerns. However, the intent is to keep as many residents as possible in their residences.

What do you do if you reside outside of King County? Well, other communities in Washington are also grappling with these concerns and the landscape is changing on a daily basis.

It's really important to know your legal rights, especially in these unprecedented times.

If you have any questions about evictions or other legal issues in Seattle, please contact us directly.

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