Eviction Reform Adopted in Washington State

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KCBA Applauds Governor & Legislators for Eviction Reform Approval

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a significant tenant protection and eviction reform bill into law on May 9. The new law will extend the pay or vacate notice period to 14 days, protecting many tenants from homelessness. The measure closely mirrors the public policy position adopted on February 20, 2019 by the KCBA Board of Trustees.

Currently, most evictions proceedings begin with a 3 day notice served upon tenants due to failure to pay rent pursuant to a rental agreement. Tenants who are short small amounts of rent can be swiftly evicted since Washington law does not allow much ability to pay rent late once the 3 day notice has expired.

Special thanks goes to Washington State Senator Patty Kuderer and Washington State Representative Nicole Macri for their leadership in securing passage of this legislation.

Read more about the bill from the Washington State Legislature website and see press releases from partner organization below. Learn more about the King County Bar's work in this area by visiting our Housing Justice Project webpage.

Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
Washington Community Action Network