City of Spokane Enacts Local Eviction Moratorium

Posted By: Brett Waller Advocacy News, COVID-19 Resource Center,
On Monday January 10, 2022, the City of Spokane passed an ordinance parroting language directly from the Governor's expired eviction moratorium.

Taking us back in time, the ordinance requires the following: 

  • For rent owing from February 29, 2020 – July 31, 2021:
    • Prohibits serving a 14-day notice or threatening eviction if a rental assitance program in the City of Spokane is not operational and the eviciton resolution pilot program is not operational.
    • Prohibits collection actions of a current tenant until the tenant and landlord have been provided an opportunity to resolve the nonpayment of rent through the City of Spokane’s rental assistance program and the eviction resolution pilot program.
  • For rent accruing after August 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022
    • Prohibits service a 14-day notice where the tenant has (1) made a partial payment of rent based on their individual economic circumstances, or (2) is participating in an eviciton resolution pilot program and has a pending application for rental assistance that has not been processed and the landlord has notice of the application.
  • Late fees are prohibited on rent owing from February 29, 2020 through August 1, 2021.
  • Where nonpayment of rent occurs, landlords are required to provide a written notice of funding resources and programs (eviction resolution pilot program).
  • Requires landlords to offer a repayment agreement equal to state law.
  • Any writ of restitution must include a finding the landlord has complied with the Spokane laws.