Rep. Michelle Caldier statement on final closure of state eviction moratorium

The state eviction moratorium ordered by Gov. Jay Inslee in March 2020 and extended twice, ended Sunday, Oct. 31, without further extension.

Rep. Michelle Caldier, ranking member on the House Housing, Human Services and Veterans Committee, negotiated the original June 30 moratorium ending date through amendments to Senate Bill 5160 that included an off-ramp to ensure rental assistance was available while counties got their assistance programs operational. Inslee vetoed the off-ramp portion of the compromise bill, then later announced a bridge extension of the moratorium through Sept. 30. On Sept. 23, he extended the eviction moratorium through Oct. 31.

Caldier, R-Port Orchard, issued this statement:

“Finally, our rental property owners have come to the end of a very long and dark tunnel in which thousands of tenants across the state were no longer paying rent. The governor created a bigger catastrophe with his vetoes of the bipartisan legislation and his lack of leadership by the sluggish distribution of rental assistance funds. The past 19 months have been very difficult for rental housing providers, many of whom are still paying mortgages on those properties, even though they've not received rent, some who have lost their investment properties in foreclosure, and for tenants who lost their jobs and incomes due to the pandemic.

“Now that this eviction moratorium is finished, I highly encourage tenants who are behind on their rent to become current as soon as possible, and work with their landlords to make them whole again. More than $1 billion in state and federal rental assistance has been made available through local mediation and dispute resolution centers in counties across the state for those who need help. That will continue and they should take advantage of it immediately. It's time to bring this eviction moratorium to an end once and for all, and ensure private legal contracts and leases between rental housing providers and tenants are respected and upheld.”

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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