On June 2, 2020, Governor Inslee extended the State’s eviction moratorium as part of his office’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Most evictions in the State of Washington are prohibited until no sooner than August 1, 2020. The actions that property owners can take are limited to very few situations, and there are requirements imposed on them to establish that those situations apply in a given case.
Initially, the Governor placed a temporary moratorium on evictions based on non-payment of rent on March 18, ordering that “residential landlords are prohibited from serving a notice of unlawful detainer for default payment or rent,” and prohibited “issuing a 20-day notice . . . related to such property” as well.
That initial order was scheduled to expire on April 17th.
Later on April 16, 2020, the Governor renewed and expanded that moratorium, prohibiting