Did you know... December 28, 2020


Governor Inslee announced that the state eviction moratorium is extended to March 31, 2021.  That corresponds with the date the Seattle Eviction moratorium is set to expire.  We do not yet know if the terms of the proclamation will be modified. 

Tenants cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent, but rent does continue accruing.  They also cannot be evicted for violations of the lease.  Per the state moratorium, landlords can give a 60-day notice to vacate if the owner wants to sell or move into the property.  The date of termination must be the last day of the second full rental period (not just 60 calendar days).

Seattle’s eviction moratorium was also extended to March 31, 2021, BUT does not allow landlords to give notice to vacate because the owner wants to sell or move into the rental as their primary residence.  The Seattle eviction moratorium bans all evictions:

“A residential landlord shall not initiate an unlawful detainer action, issue a notice of termination, or otherwise act on a termination notice, including any action or notice related to a rental agreement that has expired or will expire during the effective date of this Emergency Order.”

The only exception is if the notice is, “due to actions by the tenant constituting an imminent threat to the health and safety of neighbors, the landlord, or the tenant’s or landlord’s household members.”  This also varies from the state moratorium, which, in addition to threats to person safety, also allows for termination of a lease in the case of signification and immediate risk to the property of others.

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Nothing found herein should be construed as an attempt to offer or render a legal opinion or otherwise engage in the practice of law. You should not rely solely on this information. We encourage our clients to work with a lawyer experienced in commercial and/or residential real estate matters as they can be complicated and confusing.