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National Multifamily Housing Council COVID-19 Recommendations

The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) made a series of recommendations in a statement released in response to the COVID-19 crises. The recommendations included halting evictions and rent increases for 90 days and waiving late fees. One important fact overlooked by the eviction moratoriums is that many (perhaps most) rental […]

New Laws Mandate New Language in Eviction Notices

At both the state and local level new laws mandate changes in the language of important landlord-tenant documents, including the 14-day notice to pay rent or vacate as well as legal pleadings used in court. Failure to include legally required language in eviction documents is a defense to eviction and […]

New Seattle Tenant Protections in Response to COVID Crisis

Seattle has passed three new tenant protection laws in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Inability to pay defense. For a six-month period after the mayor’s residential eviction moratorium ends, tenants may raise an inability to pay as a defense. This law does not prevent landlords from starting an eviction action, […]

Seattle First in Time Law Upheld

The controversial Seattle First in Time law was recently upheld by the Washington Supreme Court. Under the First in Time law, Seattle landlords seeking to fill vacant residential tenancies must provide notice of their rental criteria, screen applications in chronological order, and offer the tenancy to the first qualified applicant, […]