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Updated April 17, 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.
Some quick facts:
o The moratorium is currently set through June 4, 2020
o Tenants can be evicted for health & safety reasons
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