New Resources as COVID Eviction Moratoria Concludes

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By Bryan Stevens 

SEATTLE – As directed by Mayor Harrell in Executive Order 2022-02 on the City’s eviction moratoria, the City has set up an Eviction Assistance web page as part of the broader Renting in Seattle online resource. The Eviction Assistance page offers renters and small landlords key information they should know about the expiration of the moratoria, set to end on February 28, 2022 and post-moratoria tenant protections. It also provides links to resources and more detailed information. We will be adding translated information as it becomes available.   

The website – www.seattle.gov/EvictionAssistance – lists resources available to tenants once the moratoria ends, including: 

  • Free legal assistance from the Housing Justice Project 
  • Assistance for rent and utility payments due to COVID financial hardships  
  • Rules limiting eviction of tenants with delinquent rent accrued between March 3, 2020, and up to 6 months after the end of the moratorium 
  • Rules limiting eviction from September to June based on Seattle Public Schools’ calendar for households with students (childcare—under 18), educators, and employees of schools 

For a more complete look at the City’s renter protections look at www.seattle.gov/rentinginseattle.   

$59 million has been allocated for rental assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic to help Seattle renters stay in their homes. This includes a variety of federal dollars allocated to respond to the pandemic, as well as City General Fund designated for rental assistance.