Advocates like yourself have been contacting Gov. Inslee all year long, sharing with him how critical the eviction moratorium is in keeping people stably in their homes through the pandemic. Thank you for all your work to get us to this point! However, the governor is currently considering weakening the moratorium and creating new loopholes in the law. We know these loopholes will be exploited and will result in people being evicted from their homes during a pandemic. This week, Gov. Inslee himself acknowledged the grim impacts on our communities if we don't protect people from exposure, and he needs to hear from us LOUD AND CLEAR that preventing evictions prevents exposure to COVID-19. Allowing landlords to evict tenants based on bias and suspicion will only worsen our crisis.
The Census Bureau has been surveying renters since March and has shown that many renter households are struggling to pay today’s sky-high rents. The latest data from mid-October found over 185,000 renters in Washington reporting that that they were behind in rent, with Hispanic/Latino and Black households hit much harder. Structural racism, long-term income inequality and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 illness on Hispanic/Latino and Black households are some of the main factors that sit behind this disparity in rental arrears. Without a strong and solid eviction moratorium, many of these households would face eviction and homelessness.
It is paramount that we extend the moratorium through March to give our legislature the opportunity to pass long-lasting solutions to keep people housed, and that we prevent any harmful loopholes from being added to the law. Please use the form to the right to email Governor Inslee and demand he extend the strongest version of the moratorium possible.
NOTE: If your landlord is trying to evict you during the current moratorium, the Attorney General's office can help you enforce your rights. Fill out a complaint form for the quickest response. Copy and paste this link: https://bit.ly/3dOo18b
You can also contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (833) 660-4877 and leave a general message by selecting Option 1.
Please note that the Attorney General’s office is only able to respond to tenants with eviction notices and will not be able to answer general questions or assist tenants without notices during this time.