Gov. Inslee announces extension of state’s eviction moratorium ‘bridge’ program

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OLYMPIA, Wash.– Washington Governor Jay Inslee shared good news for those who may be facing eviction.

He announced Thursday the state’s eviction moratorium bridge would be extended to Oct. 31.

The Washington state eviction moratorium ended on June 30. However, Inslee continued to keep some protection for tenants with unpaid rent because of COVID-19. Those protections were set to expire on Sept. 30.

Inslee said the reason for the extension was because counties aren’t getting federal and state COVID-19 relief funds intended for rental assistance out fast enough.

Inslee said that by the end of October he believes there will be no other needs for extensions.

Since Aug. 1, renters have been expected to pay full rent unless they negotiate a lesser amount with their landlord or are actively seeking rental assistance. Tenants must also be provided in writing what services and support are available to them and landlords must offer them a reasonable repayment plan before starting the eviction process. Those protections will now remain in place until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31.

As before, evictions are still allowed in cases where the landlord intends to sell or move into the property, or if an affidavit declares there are health and safety issues to the property created by the occupant.

More information about the eviction bridge program and resources can be found here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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