Inslee COVID 19 moratorium extension march 31Although additional details won't be here until the full announcement next week, recently re-elected 3rd term Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced the State will extend the eviction moratorium to March 31, 2021. The current eviction moratorium was set to expire next week midnight on Thursday, December 31, 2020.

The moratorium protections began back on the last day of February 2020. By way of PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR EXTENDING AND AMENDING Evictions and Related Housing Practices, Inslee put protections in place that many find controversial due to the lack of structured support for the apartment building/home owners and lenders.

The moratorium on evictions bans (with limited exceptions) residential evictions, late fees on unpaid rent and requires landlords to offer residents a repayment plan on unpaid rent if needed. In short, if you use the moratorium to stay in your place while you can't pay rent, you still have to pay it some day. Now, you are safe until March 31st, 2021.

But be careful... What you are doing is going into debt. As much as that may seem like your only option, it is? Friends, family, downsizing to meet your budget? These are all things that can be considered as ways avoid accumulating debt during the pandemic.

In his brief statement released Wednesday December 23rd, Inslee said:

"COVID-19 has had a significant financial impact on Washingtonians over the last nine months," Inslee said. "I know this moratorium has been critical for many families and individuals as they cope with the impacts of this virus. People need certainty about whether the moratorium will be extended, and it is important that I provide that certainty today while we work out the final details of the moratorium."

Inslee Press Conference COVID 19Inslee's intent with the moratorium is to prevent the potential devastating impact that would be a new wave of statewide homelessness that could impact every community in our state.

In addition to the moratorium, the state has issued more than $2.1 billion in CARES Act funding to help orchestrate ongoing, significant relief efforts across multiple sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic .

“Families, businesses and communities have and will continue to benefit from state and federal dollars that bolster economic and financial relief for millions. We know more is coming from the federal government which is great news and I am pleased that our state agencies worked so hard to get this money into communities throughout Washington,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “This funding has buoyed businesses and supported those whose finances and health have been deeply impacted by this virus. We know the need is great and will continue well into the coming year, but these funds are helping right now.”

Yesterday was the 4th day in a row the rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (over past 14 days) was trending down in Kitsap County. It went from 192 to 184.8. The % positive number is still unavailable due to changes made by the State Department of Health.

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