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Coronavirus (COVID-19): There are only a few reasons your landlord can eviction you right now

Authored By: Northwest Justice Project LSC Funded

Find out about the state and federal eviction moratoria and what to do if your landlord tries to evict you anyway.




The eviction moratoria pause most, but not all, evictions until December 31, 2020.

Until then you cannot be evicted for not paying rent for COVID-19-related reasons, under federal and state eviction orders.

You may still be evicted if you cause an immediate and substantial risk to health, safety and property.

Your landlord also may try to evict you because they want to sell or move into the rental property. The federal order likely prohibits this, however.

  • The moratorium does not mean you do not owe rent!
  • If you do not pay rent, you may owe a lot more later!
  • You may be evicted after December 31 if you do not pay now!

If you cannot pay all your rent, your landlord should offer a reasonable payment plan. Get any plan with your landlord in writing. See Coronavirus (COVID-19): Should I enter into a rent repayment plan with my landlord?

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Can't find what you need? Visit our Eviction topic area to view all of our information on eviction in Washington state.

Last Review and Update: Oct 26, 2020