Rep. Peter Abbarno releases statement on governor’s extension of eviction moratorium

On Wednesday, Gov. Jay Inslee confirmed Washington's statewide eviction moratorium would be extended beyond June 30, when it was set to expire under Senate Bill 5160.

Twentieth District Rep. Peter Abbarno, R-Centralia, issued the following statement in response to the governor's decision.

“By unilaterally extending Washington's eviction moratorium, Governor Inslee is disregarding the bipartisan work that went into Senate Bill 5160 this session, which established a new eviction process and a moratorium end date of June 30,” said Abbarno. “Many property owners have been providing free or reduced-rent housing throughout the pandemic, with little to no relief for themselves. Instead of addressing their concerns and working on their behalf, the governor has vetoed additional landlord support and chosen to extend this moratorium. He is single-handedly destroying a vital industry and critical investment opportunities for families and small businesses across our state.”

Senate Bill 5160, which was approved 72-26 in the House and 27-22 in the Senate, does the following:

  • Ends the governor's eviction moratorium on June 30, 2021.
  • Requires landlords to offer payment plans for unpaid rent during the state of emergency.
  • Allows landlords to apply for funds in the Landlord Mitigation program for unpaid rent between March 1, 2020 and six months after the eviction moratorium.
  • Creates a new process to evict tenants through a statewide Eviction Resolution Program as a two-year pilot to facilitate resolution of nonpayment of rent.
  • Requires the courts to appoint counsel for indigent tenants facing eviction.

“Governor Inslee choosing to ignore the Legislature is nothing new, which is why Republicans in the House and Senate worked so hard during this year's legislative session to pass emergency powers reform. That work will continue in 2022,” added Abbarno, who supports reforms. “The governor must stop monopolizing government and picking winners and losers. I call on him to allow the eviction moratorium to end and the new eviction process established under Senate Bill 5160 to begin. I also call on the majority party in the Legislature to join me and my fellow Republicans in demanding accountability and reform in the execution of emergency powers.”

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