To help lessen the impact of COVID-19, we have temporarily closed our office to in-person services until further notice. Going forward, classes and events will be presented in ONLINE-ONLY format.

COVID-19

Resources and Information for Housing Providers and Renters

The Puget Sound region is presently experiencing ones of the highest rates of COVID-19 illness in the country and the virus is impacting many elements of daily life. Decisions to cancel or postpone public events or institute building closures are done in the interest of public health but can lead to tangible impacts on people’s income and employment – particularly those who cannot go to work as a result. Housing providers are committed to supporting residents who are impacted by COVID-19 and need assistance with their housing costs. RHAWA encourages its members, and all housing providers, to engage in regular outreach with their residents and to consider fair accommodations for those impacted by COVID-19.
 
To help lessen the impact of COVID-19, we have temporarily closed our office to in-person services until further notice. Going forward, our classes and events will be presented in ONLINE-ONLY format until concerns subside.

Resources

Housing Providers Financial Resources

Renters Financial Resources


Free ONDEMAND Webinars

Learn about how Housing Connector can help independent landlords as well as tenants in this hour long live webinar. Executive Director Shkelqim Kelmendi will explain how the program works, what the expectations are from both sides involved in the agreement, and how the program can guarantee rent for landlords regardless of the moratorium. Register now >

Candice Chevaillier, Principle of the Lee & Associates Northwest Multifamily Team, Kyle Woodring, RHAWA's Government Affairs Director, and Mary Hull-Drury, Washington Realtors Commercial Government Affairs Director highlight the 2020 legislative session and key initiatives, and dive into what's happening at the State and City level with regard to COVID-19. Watch now >


Government Updates

We're also actively working with the City of Seattle, King County, and the Legislature to implement emergency rental housing measures that open the door for services and rent relief with minimal administrative delay. More information will be shared with the membership on these details as they become available. 

Governor's Moratorium on Evictions

  • Effective immediately until April 17, 2020

  • Landlords are prohibited from issuing evictions for default payment of rent

  • Landlords are prohibited from issuing a 20 day eviction notice unless they attach an affidavit saying that it is for the health and safety of the tenant or other individuals.

  • Landlords are prohibited from seeking judicial action for a writ of restitution due to the tenant being unable to pay rent on time.

  • Local law enforcement is prohibited from serving or acting on eviction orders issued for default payment of rent, but are able to act for other reasons issued, such as waste, nuisance, or criminal activity.

  • Modified Order

    • Added Commercial Evictions

    • Increased the ban from 30 to 60 days

    • Included Commercial eviction in the ban

    • Prevented law enforcement from executing physical evictions

  • Executive Order

  • Moratorium ordered from March 17th, 2020 until the Civil Emergency Proclamation ends, or 30 days after this Emergency Order. Will be evaluated for possible extension later.

  • Owner of a housing unit cannot issue or act upon an eviction notice for non-payment of rent, and no late fees or other charges from late payment shall accrue.

  • Housing providers are prevented from bringing forward civil eviction proceedings. The court can grant a future hearing for an eviction to be heard after the moratorium.

  • Housing providers are also prevented from seeking a writ of restitution for failure to pay rent on time, and are prevented from bringing forward civil eviction proceedings. The court can grant a future hearing for an eviction to be heard after the moratorium.

  • Kenmore Executive Order page 47

  • Moratorium ordered from March 16th, 2020 to April 24, 2020, but is subject to extensions.

  • Owner of a housing unit cannot issue or act upon an eviction notice for non-payment of rent, and no late fees or other charges from late payment shall accrue.

  • Moratorium for evictions does not apply to evictions when a person(s) safety is at risk

  • Housing providers are prevented from bringing forward civil eviction proceedings. The court can grant a future hearing for an eviction to be heard after the moratorium.


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