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Repayment Plan Forms

Two options to consider for use as the required repayment plan form:

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Repayment Plan form

 

If a tenant has remaining unpaid rent accrued between March 1, 2020, and six months following expiration of the Governor's eviction moratorium or the end of the public health emergency, whichever is greater, the landlord must offer tenants a reasonable schedule for repayment of the unpaid rent that does not exceed monthly payments equal to one-third of the monthly rental charges owed. If the tenant fails to accept the terms of a reasonable repayment plan within 14 days of the offer, the landlord may proceed with an unlawful detainer action subject to any requirements under the ERP. If the tenant defaults on any rent owed under a repayment plan, the landlord may apply for reimbursement from the LMP or proceed with an unlawful detainer action subject to any requirements under the ERP. During any unlawful detainer proceeding, the court must consider the tenant's circumstances, including any decreased income or increased expenses due to COVID-19, and the repayment plan terms offered during any unlawful detainer proceeding. It is a defense to an unlawful detainer action if the landlord did not offer a repayment plan. The tenant and landlord may continue to seek rental assistance to reduce or eliminate any unpaid rent balance to the extent available funds exist from public, private, or nonprofit rental assistance programs.

Any repayment plan entered into by the landlord and tenant must:

    1. the tenant's compliance with the rental agreement, payment of attorneys’ fees, court costs, or other costs related to litigation if the tenant defaults on the agreement;
    2. a requirement that the tenant apply for or provide proof of receipt of governmental benefits;
    3. the tenant's waiver of any rights to an unlawful detainer notice or related provisions before a writ of restitution is issued.

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Federal Judge vacates CDC Eviction Moratorium

May 5, 2021

U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich’s 20-page order says that the protection, first put in place during the coronavirus pandemic under the Trump administration and now set to run out on June 30, goes too far.

“It is the role of the political branches, and not the courts, to assess the merits of policy measures designed to combat the spread of disease, even during a global pandemic,” the order stated. “The question for the Court is a narrow one: Does the Public Health Service Act grant the CDC the legal authority to impose a nationwide eviction moratorium? It does not.”

Landlords and property owners have consistently challenged the CDC order, arguing the policy sets an undue financial burden on business owners.

“We’ve argued from the beginning that the CDC lacked statutory authority to impose this, and we’ve had multiple courts agree with us on that,” said Luke Wake, an attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation who has represented landlords in similar cases. “Today’s decision again vindicates our argument.”

 

Tacoma Increases Sales Tax to Fund Affordable Housing

March 31, 2021

Tacoma City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a one tenth of 1 percent sales tax increase to fund affordable housing projects.

The action increases sales tax from 10.2 percent to 10.3 percent, adding a dime to every $100 purchase, not including groceries. The increase is estimated to net the city an annual revenue of $5 million.

The increase of 1/10 will begin on July 1, 2021. Washington state House Bill 1590, passed in 2020, gives city and county councils authority to vote to raise local sales taxes for housing and does not require them to ask voters for approval.

The funds would target populations making at or below 60 percent of Pierce County’s Area Median Income (AMI), or roughly $51,900 a year for a family of four. The city also can set parameters to target populations below 60 percent AMI. Populations that can be served under the statute include veterans, senior citizens, people without homes, unaccompanied homeless youth and young adults, people with disabilities or domestic violence survivors.

At least 33,000 households, or 40 percent of renter households in Tacoma, are considered “cost-burdened,” or pay at least 30 percent of their income on housing costs each month, and 16 percent of those households pay more than 50 percent of their income on housing costs, according to city data.

Limited Landlord Relief Program

Program Overview

The Washington State Limited Landlord Relief Program offers owners of four or fewer rental units/properties that make less than the Median Family Income the ability to recuperate up to 80% of the unpaid rental payments where tenants are non-communicative or unqualified for the Eviction Rental Assistance Program where the unpaid rents were the result of a Statewide Emergency as declared by the Governor of Washington. This program is limited to pay no more than $2 million in claims.

Who Can Submit a Claim?

Any Claimant that meets all of the criteria below may submit a claim:

  • The property owner is the sole investor in the property associated with the claim. Married Co-Owners are considered sole investors. Ownership must be personal and not that of a professional organization.
  • Property owner income is at or below the local Family Median Income defined by the US Administration of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). To determine the area Family Median Income for your area, please review this document and compare your Adjusted Gross Income on the most recent tax return.
  • Property Owner is not contracted with a Property Manager or Property Management Company.
  • The tenant identified in the claim must have rent, utilities, or both in arrears.

How to Qualify for the Limited Landlord Relief Program

Commerce will review, approve and pay claims as quickly as possible. However, failing to provide proper documentation to satisfy the requirements below may cause claims to be denied. Please have the following documents scanned to attach to your claim. We will request missing documentation but cannot make exceptions for documents that are not available. If we do not receive all required documents and any other requested supporting evidence, the claim will not be approved.

Priority is given to landlords where the tenant is non-communicative or ineligible for the Eviction Rental Assistance Program.

Important note: Any approved and paid claim will prohibit the landlord (or any agency on the landlord’s behalf) from pursuing legal action for additional monies owed from the tenant at any time in the future.

Documents required for damage and/or rent loss claims:

  • Obtain a Washington Statewide Vendor Identification number.
  • An executed written Rental Agreement between the Landlord and the Tenant(s).
  • A Tenant ledger showing any unpaid portion of rent.
  • The property owner’s most current Tax Return cover page or tax form page showing the Adjusted Gross Income. Please do not include the entire tax return packet.
  • Complete the entire claim submission form found here.

 

Limited Landlord Relief Program

CDC Eviction Moratorium Extended through June 30, 2021

March 29, 2021

The CDC extended the eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021 with changes. The changes to the Order are more technical in nature and don't have an impact on our state moratorium, with except to the pending WSC case scheduled for oral argument on May 13, 2021.

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Seattle Renter's Handbook

Seattle landlords are required to provide tenants with a copy of the Seattle Renters Handbook 2021.03 when the tenant applies to rent, signs a rental agreement, renews a rental agreement OR whenever the City of Seattle updates the information in the handbook.