SB 5197 Addressing Landlord-Tenant Relations by Providing Technical Changes to Eviction

Posted By: Daniel Bannon 2023 Legislative Session,

SB 5197

Addressing landlord-tenant relations by providing technical changes to eviction notice forms and modifying certain eviction processes.

Bill Summary

  • Allows remote participation by any party in forcible and unlawful detainer actions.
  • Prohibits default judgments from being entered against a tenant prior to the scheduled hearing date and time shown on the order to show cause.
  • Extends the period of time that landlords must suspend court action to allow for payment of emergency rental assistance funds from seven to 14 days.
  • Removes the prohibition on eligibility for a tenant to seek a stay of a writ of restitution upon good cause if a tenant is issued three or more 14-day notices within the previous 12-month period.
  • Clarifies the procedures by which a court may issue an ex parte stay of the writ of restitution and set a hearing on the motion.
  • Removes language in the uniform 14-day pay or vacate notice requiring landlords to provide 14-day pay or vacate notices to dispute resolution centers upon expiration of the eviction resolution pilot program.

Bill History

  • Jan 6 Prefiled for introduction.
  • Jan 9 First reading, referred to Housing. (View Original Bill)
  • Jan 20 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Housing at 10:30 AM. (Committee Materials)
  • Feb 8 Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Housing at 1:30 PM. (Committee Materials)
    HSG - Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass. (View 1st Substitute) 
    Minority; do not pass. 
  • Feb 9 Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
  • Feb 15 Made eligible to be placed on second reading.
  • Feb 22 Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.


Kuderer, Saldaña, Frame, Nguyen, Nobles, Wellman, Wilson, C.


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