COVID-19: What You Need to Know about the Eviction Moratorium

Updated: Jun 5

Updated June 3, 2020

Washington State currently has an eviction moratorium, which means that landlords cannot evict tenants for failure to pay rent. WashingtonLawHelp.org has a helpful video prepared by Northwest Justice Project, which answers some questions tenants might have if they are facing eviction or have other concerns about communication with their landlords. This page also includes example letters that a tenant can send his or her landlord if the landlord is attempting to evict for failure to pay rent.

Click here to see a summary of the most recent changes to the moratorium.

Some quick facts:

o The moratorium is currently set through August 1, 2020

o Tenants can be evicted for health & safety reasons

o Tenants can be evicted for some property damages

o Tenants can be evicted if the landlord plans to live in or sell the property. The landlord must provide 60 days notice in this case

o Rent will still need to be paid after the moratorium

o There is no moratorium on late fees & other charges

Even with the eviction moratorium, renters should make paying rent a priority. Rent and late payments will eventually be due, so not paying when it's possible to do so can make matters worse down the road.

Click below to access the full video, FAQ, and sample letters: https://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/resource/coronavirus-you-cannot-be-evicted-if-you-cannot-pay-the-rent#i44DCC383-0D75-42D1-97FA-1CD428EA162A

Are you facing eviction? Is the cause related to COVID-19? The VLP is expanding its Housing Justice Project to give our clients equal access to legal support. Apply here. There is no cost for the application or for our assistance. The application gives you the chance to list the best times to reach you. We cannot guarantee that a volunteer will be available at your indicated time. Please note that because our volunteers are working remotely, we may contact you from a blocked number.

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