Act now to prevent mass evictions on October 15th!
On October 15th, Washington’s eviction moratorium is set to expire yet again, leaving renters significantly vulnerable to losing their homes during one of the deadliest public health crises and worst economic downturns our state and country have seen. Action is needed to extend the state moratorium to prevent a massive wave of evictions and homelessness and to prevent it from being weakened with loopholes.
Alarmingly, Census Bureau Pulse data from the last two weeks of August shows that 140,000 households in Washington were behind on rent, with black renter households 5 times more likely to be unable to pay than white renter households.
The state moratorium has worked to keep hundreds of thousands of people safely housed. And Washington’s tenant households are faring better than tenant households in other states – all thanks to Governor Inslee’s moratorium.
However, if we don’t speak up, it is possible that the moratorium will be lifted or weakened with loopholes that will result in evictions across the state.
Make no mistake – the federal CDC eviction moratorium is significantly less protective and is proving to be riddled with loopholes that are resulting in evictions across the country. Washington State’s moratorium is much more protective and we must fight to keep it.
Key features of the state moratorium that we need to fight to maintain are the prohibition of rent increases and the ban on “no cause” evictions. These are key in preventing loopholes that would result in evictions. And these protections are not included in the federal moratorium. The prohibition on “no cause” evictions is particularly important to guard against discriminatory and retaliatory evictions.
Advocates from across Washington State have weighed in multiple times this year for the eviction moratorium, and it has worked! But we need to keep pushing to prevent it from being lost or weakened! 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.