Prohibits landlords from terminating or refusing to renew a rental agreement for "no cause" until 2
years after expiration of any public health emergency unless landlord intends to sell the property
or occupy the property as personal residence and at least 60 days’ notice provided as form signed
under penalty of perjury
Presumes any "no cause" termination notice issued to a tenant for any unpaid rent that accrued
between March 1, 2020, and [Gov eviction moratorium exp. date], is a reprisal or retaliatory action.
Prohibits a tenant’s right to possession of dwelling unit used primarily for residential purposes to
be conditioned on satisfaction of any rent that accrued between March 1, 2020, and [Gov eviction
moratorium exp. date].
Prohibits landlords from treating any unpaid rent accrued between March 1, 2020, and [Gov
eviction moratorium exp. date], as an enforceable debt or obligation that is owing or collectable
within an action for possession of the rental property.
Authorizes tenants adversely impacted by COVID-19 to terminate their tenancy upon a 20-day
written notice, which includes a statement that termination of tenancy is due to COVID-19
Prohibits landlords from assessing any penalty, early termination fee, or any other amount
on a tenant who elects to terminate their tenancy for their failure to continue their tenancy
for a predetermined amount of time.
ability to occupy a rental dwelling.
to, prior or current exposure or infection to the COVID-19 virus.
necessary to evaluate a reasonable accommodation request or reasonable modification
request under RCW 49.60.222.
Penalizes landlords up to four and one-half times monthly rent with court costs and attorneys’ fees
Requires landlords to first offer tenants before any collection action a repayment plan consisting of
monthly installments dependent upon the months of back rent owed and accrued between March
1, 2020, and [Gov eviction moratorium exp. date]
litigation if the tenant defaults on the agreement, or a requirement that the tenant apply
for governmental benefits or provide proof of receipt of governmental benefits
plan or defaults on repayment plan
Replaces the show cause hearing within any RLTA unlawful detainer (UD) action with a required
mediation session between the parties before any trial is scheduled.
Prohibits issuance of a writ of restitution before a trial on the pleadings otherwise.
Authorizes parties to seek discovery respectively before the hearing.
Prohibits application of provisions requiring the judge to amend the UD complaint at trial if other
tenant offenses found not related to those in original complaint.
Right to Counsel
Requires landlords to inform tenants of their right to counsel and to a court-appointed counsel at
the mediation session or trial if indigent.
Requires courts to appoint counsel at the mediation session and at any scheduled trial.
Requires state to pay costs of right to counsel legal services subject to amounts appropriated.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Creates a new emergency rental assistance program with Commerce designed to reimburse
landlords for claims of unpaid rent and utilities.
Clarifies that program funds must be used for rental assistance for X months of back and/or future
rent, utility assistance, and administrative costs.
Provides following prioritization for receipt of funds: landlords with no more than 4 units; landlords
with 5-100 units; and all other landlords.
Requires the following conditions for receipt of funds as part of an affidavit signed under penalty of
Requires landlords to waive any remaining rental arrears if program funds reimburse at least 80
percent of FMR rate of claim amount, and waive any other monetary claims for other fees/charges
Prohibits access to program and/or requires denial of claim if landlord commits fraud.
Creates affiliated, appropriated account.
Prohibits pro se agreements between landlord and tenant pursuant to an eviction action in which
tenant agrees to pay more than statutory judgment limits, amounts other than rent to retain
tenancy, or any tenant rights under judicial discretion or RLTA.
Prohibits dissemination of mediation sessions if they fail to resolve dispute between the parties
Limits dissemination of eviction actions due to nonpayment of rent resulting from COVID-19.
Requires landlords to pay the balance of a UD filing fee after the mediation session or before the
trial on the pleadings.
Removes prohibition on judicial discretion eligibility if tenant received three or more pay or vacate
notices within previous 12 months.
Declares an emergency.
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