Relief Programs for DPM Owners

COVID FAQ

As of July 27, 2020

1. Is rent still due during the COVID-19 crisis?

  1. Yes, rent is still due and if not paid the amount will continue to accrue. There are other modifications to the normal procedures, see other FAQs.

2. Are there any other impacts on tenancies as a result of the governor’s proclamations?

  1. Landlords, owners, and managers are prohibited from treating unpaid rent or other charges as enforceable debt and engaging in collection actions, including calling, billing, or invoicing tenants regarding rent, withholding any portion of a security deposit, reporting to credit bureaus, and other means of collecting or reporting the debt. This does not include “seeking to engage in reasonable communications with tenants to explore re-payment plans.”
  2. Landlords, owners, and managers cannot increase or threaten to increase rent on all properties (including commercial properties) until at least October 15, 2020, though this may be extended at the governor’s discretion. This appears to include rent increases in process, so any rent increases that were scheduled to take place before August 1 will be delayed until then.

3. Are evictions and late fees being processed at this time and if not, how long are they on hold for?

  1. Landlords, owners, and managers cannot seek, enforce, or threaten to enforce judicial eviction orders except in order to personally occupy the premises as a primary residence, sell the property, or to remove a tenant who is a significant and immediate risk to the health, safety, or property of others. Law enforcement cannot enforce an eviction order absent a court finding that one of these justifications exist.
  2. Landlords, owners, and managers cannot assess late charges on non-payments or late-payments of rent. This is retroactive to February 29, 2020.

4. Are vacant properties or units allowed to be filled with tenants?

  1. Yes, Landlords are allowed under the new proclamation to market and conduct tours as long as social distancing measures are put into place so that individuals can still obtain housing while minimizing the risk of exposure. DPM will be only allowing a maximum of two non-tenant people per property at a time and anyone will need to remain 6 feet apart.  Property turnover and repairs for move in are also allowed while maintenance personnel should also maintain the 6 foot distance.

5. Where to get the most up to date information question?

  1. We recommend reviewing the Governor’s News Releases for the most up-to-date information on modifications to tenancies. For more general information on dealing with COVID-19, we recommend guidance by the King County Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control.

6. When are these restrictions set to expire?

  1. They are currently set to expire on October 15, 2020. We will be monitoring the situation closely to see if that is shortened or extended.

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