A "right to counsel" measure that is getting closer to approval by the Legislature would make Washington the first state to ensure that low-income tenants have legal representation when faced with an eviction.
The Washington Senate has approved a measure that would require landlords to provide a valid reason for ending certain leases with tenants.
The rental market in some parts of Western Washington actually improved during the pandemic.
Washington state’s eviction moratorium is scheduled to end in less than three weeks, as lawmakers in Olympia debate multiple bills meant to protect both renters and property owners alike. Legislators are trying to balance what landlords need to stay in business, while ensuring thousands of families are not forced onto the streets.
The company was vastly less likely to offer realtor services, professional photos, virtual tours, online promotion or commission rebates for homes listed in overwhelmingly minority neighborhoods than it was in overwhelmingly white ones, the investigation found.
During the Governor’s press briefing on Thursday, he announced the eviction moratorium will be extended until December 31.
A small group of Seattle landlords is suing Mayor Jenny Durkan and Gov. Jay Inslee over the constitutionality of city and state eviction moratoriums amid the coronavirus pandemic.