Welcome to Renting in Seattle! This web site aims to provide comprehensive information and resources on rental regulations in the City of Seattle as well as tips and best practices for successful renting. Whether you are a renter or a housing provider, there is a lot to know.

Currently, due to the impacts of COVID-19, there are temporary orders both statewide and in Seattle which affect rental regulations. Scroll down for more information.  This page is updated regularly. Check out our resource pages for both renters and housing providers and keep up to date on our news and events page.

Seattle's Eviction Moratorium Extended

Mayor Durkan announced by executive order on December 15, that Seattle's eviction moratorium is extended through March 31, 2021. Currently, renters may not be evicted in the City unless they present an imminent threat to life and safety. See below for more details on both the City and State moratoria. It is widely expected that Governor Inslee will announce an extension of the state moratorium before it expires on December 31. 

Eviction Moratoria Extended to December 31

The following is a summary of both State and City eviction protections for renters in Seattle impacted by COVID-19. Click on the links to read the complete moratoria orders.  

  • The moratoria are both in effect until December 31, 2020 and may be subject to further extension.
  • Both the City and the State moratoria provide an exception when the tenant causes an imminent threat to health and safety of others.
  • The State eviction moratorium also allows for the following exceptions:
    • Imminent threat to the property of others
    • Owner intends to sell or occupy the property as a primary residence
  • Types of tenancies protected by the moratoria are expanded to include leased lots for motor homes, camping sites, transitional housing, and motels, hotels, or Airbnbs where someone has resided for 14 days or more. Tenancies that expire during the moratoria are also covered.
  • Landlords must not threaten eviction or harass a tenant for non-payment. Landlords may communicate with tenants about payment plans, financial resources, and the balances on their rental accounts.
  • Late fees for rent and other charges are prohibited effective February 29, 2020.
  • Landlords must offer a payment plan for debt accrued after February 29, 2020. Failure to do so is a defense to an eviction. The State moratorium requires the payment plan to be reasonable based on the tenant's individual circumstances.
  • Rent increases are prohibited.
  • Security deposits cannot be used for unpaid rent or rent-related charges accrued after February 29,2020.
  • Landlords cannot charge a tenant who failed to occupy a rental unit due to COVID-19.  

For more information and COVID-19 rental housing-related resources, please see:

City Allocates Over $19 Million in COVID-Related Funding to Rental Assistance

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced the allocation of more than $19 million in COVID-19 Relief funding to provide housing assistance for low-income households economically impacted by COVID-19. As the City continues to distribute rental assistance in 2020, the City will launch a new effort to provide mortgage counseling and direct assistance to homeowners at risk of foreclosure. These investments build upon established community-based programs aimed at keeping Seattle's most racially diverse residents in their homes.

King County has $41 Million Dollars for Eviction Prevention

King County has launched an eviction prevention program for households financially struggling due to loss of income or illness because of COVID-19. Rent assistance in the amount of $41 million is available for helping residents stay in their homes within King County. 

Interest forms can now be submitted to King County by tenantssmall landlordslarge property landlords and managersmanufactured home park owners and managers, and local nonprofits.

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