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EFFECTIVE APRIL 22, 2021 Residential Landlord-Tenant Act—Generally. For rent accrued between March 1, 2020, and six months following expiration of the Governor’s eviction moratorium: a landlord may not report to a prospective landlord a tenant’s nonpayment of such rent or an unlawful detainer action resulting from nonpayment of such rent; and a prospective landlord may […]

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Tenants, landlords in Spokane County can seek reconciliation, assistance before moratorium ends

Spokane is one of six counties statewide that are part of pilot program By Kip Hill THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW – 11/15/2020 The end of 2020 is looming as the end of forgiveness for tenants who owe back rent to landlords, and court officials are pushing mediation to avoid a litigation logjam. Spokane is one of six counties statewide that are […]

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Restaurants? Libraries? Sports? Here’s when things in Washington might reopen according to Inslee’s 4-phase plan | The Seattle Times

No one is getting a professional haircut before May 25, nor will you be able to sit in a restaurant before then. Missing public libraries or your gym? You’ll have to go at least another month without. Oh, and there will be no big concerts played in Washington at least until July.As expected, Gov. Jay […]

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Many national tenants opt not to pay April rents > Spokane Journal of Business

Black estimates the company manages about 500 commercial properties in the Spokane region, and only about 50% of the rent was collected April.“Of the rent we missed, about a third of it was national, two-thirds was local. We manage a lot of restaurants, and they’re really struggling,” says Black. Source: Many national tenants opt not […]

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Inslee expands eviction moratorium and adds additional protections for residential and some commercial tenants | Governor Jay Inslee

Inslee expands eviction moratorium and adds additional protections for residential and some commercial tenants April 16, 2020 Story Gov. Jay Inslee expanded protections for renters today as COVID-19 continues to impact the finances of Washingtonians statewide. “It is clear that as we deal with the challenges around COVID-19, the financial impacts on Washingtonians are significant,” […]

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How Many Landlords In US?

Matthew Desmond’s 2016 book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City tells the story of two neighborhoods, one a predominantly white trailer park community and the other a predominantly African-American community in Milwaukee. The book tells the story of the tenants and landlords in both neighborhoods. Although the book raised important questions about the […]

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New 14 Day Notices And Changes to Washington State Landlord Tenant Act

ESSB 6378 Brief Description:  Concerning residential tenant protections. Background:  Residential-Landlord Tenant Act. The Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RLTA) regulates the creation of residential tenancies and the relationship between landlords and tenants of residential dwelling units.  The RLTA establishes rights and duties of both tenants and landlords, procedures for the parties to enforce their rights, and remedies […]

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Washington State short-term rental legislation 5/9/2019 (HB 1798)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed Substitute House Bill 1798, concerning short-term rentals, into law. This bill was a top priority for the Washington Hospitality Association during the 2019 Legislative Session. The bill requires short-term rental operators to remit all taxes, maintain liability insurance and includes critical consumer safety provisions. “I introduced […]

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Washington State Residential Tenants May Pay Deposits In Installments

Brief Summary of Bill – HB 1694 Requires landlords to permit tenants to pay deposits, nonrefundable fees, and last month’s rent in installments, subject to one exception and some general parameters regarding the number and timing of the installments. Background: The Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RLTA) regulates the relationship between residential landlords and tenants, and includes […]

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Spokane-area small businesses look to benefit from CARES Act > Spokane Journal of Business (4/1/2020)

One of the most robust measures provided for small businesses through the CARES Act is the paycheck protection program, according to Joseph Lynyak, partner at Minneapolis-based law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP, who led a webcast regarding the act on Monday. The paycheck protection program allows some small businesses to qualify for forgivable Small Business Administration loans, which can be used for payroll costs, medical or family leave costs, insurance premiums, and mortgage or […]

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