Under RCW 59.18.630, the Housing Provider is prohibited from taking actions to collect debt (including use of security deposit) or any other adverse action for rental arrears incurred between February 29, 2020 and "six months after the end of the public health emergency,"* UNLESS they have first offered a reasonable payment plan to the tenant where each installment is no greater than 1/3 of rent and the first installment is due no less than 30 days after the date of the offer.
*While the Eviction Moratorium has ended, the WA State Public Health State of Emergency is still ongoing. The moratorium ended 30 June, so Late fees can now be charged. Under RCW 59.18.625, late fees, interest or any other charges associated with non-payment of rent for all rent due between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021 are prohibited. Late rent fees are permitted on rent due January 1, 2022 or later.
WLA Office Staff