Status Summary

First reading, referred to Housing & Local Government on 1.12.21.

Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Housing & Local Government on 1.20.21. 
 
Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Housing & Local Government on 2.3.21; 1st substitute bill passed and referred to Ways & Means.
 
Referred to Ways & Means on 2.4.21.
 
Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2.16.21.
 
Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2.19.21; 2nd substitute bill passed.
  
Referred to Rules Committee on 2.22.21.
 
Placed on second reading by Rules Committee on 2.25.21.
 
2nd substitute bill substituted. Floor amendment(s) adopted. Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading on 3.4.21.
 
In the House
First reading, referred to Housing, Human Services & Veterans on 3.6.21.
 
Public hearing in the House Committee on Housing, Human Services & Veterans on 3.16.21. 
 
Executive session scheduled in the House Committee on Housing, Human Services & Veterans on 3.23.21 at 8:00 a.m.
 
Executive action taken in the House Committee on Housing, Human Services & Veterans on 3.25.21; majority pass with amendment(s). 
 
Referred to Appropriations on 3.26.21.
 
Public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations on 3.31.21.
 
Executive action taken in the House Committee on Appropriations on 4.1.21;  pass with amendment(s) by Housing, Human Services & Veterans.
 
Referred to Rules 2 Review on 4.2.21.

Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading on 4.5.21.

Committee amendment(s) adopted as amended. Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading on 4.8.21.
 
IN THE SENATE
Motion to not concur in House amendments failed. Senate concurred in House amendments.
Passed final passage on 4.19.21.
 
President signed on 4.20.21.
IN THE HOUSE
Speaker signed on 4.20.21.
OTHER THAN LEGISLATIVE ACTION
Delivered to Governor on 4.20.21.
 
(updated 4.23.21)

Legislative Session

2021

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Kuderer

The intent of SB5160 is to expand upon and preserve some protections outlined in the governor’s eviction moratorium: provide tenant protections during and after public health emergencies, provide legal representation for qualifying tenants in eviction cases, and ensure tenants and landlords have access to state and local rental assistance.

A few highlights of the bill include: 
With few exceptions and among other provisions, a landlord may not terminate a tenancy or refuse to renew a rental agreement until two years after expiration of any public health emergency. 

Tenants who are adversely impacted by any public health emergency may elect to terminate their tenancy upon a 20-day written notice, which includes a statement that the tenant will terminate their tenancy due to COVID-19. 

Before a landlord takes action to collect unpaid rent accrued between March 1, 2020 and the governor’s eviction moratorium expiration date, the landlord must now offer the tenant a repayment plan based on the individual financial and health circumstances of the tenant's household, including financial obligations such as payments for food, utilities, work-related expenses, child support, medical care, child care, or other similar necessities.

The Washington state Office of the Attorney General will provide information and resources regarding rental assistance and legal representation. 

Substitute Bill:

  • Prohibits landlords from terminating or refusing to renew a rental lease that expires at the end of the lease term or is subject to a 20-day termination notice until two years after expiration of any public health emergency, with exceptions.
  • Authorizes tenants adversely impacted by COVID-19 to terminate their tenancy upon a 20-day written notice.
  • Requires landlords, before any collection action for unpaid rent accrued during the Governor's eviction moratorium or public health emergency and if the rent debt is no more than six months, to first offer tenants a repayment plan schedule equal to or greater than payment of the rent debt in monthly payments of at least one-sixth of the rent debt owed.
  • Requires the court to appoint counsel for indigent tenants at the initial hearing and at trial and for the state to pay the costs of such legal services subject to amounts appropriated.
  • Requires the Administrative Office of the Courts to contract with dispute resolution centers to establish a two-year, statewide eviction resolution pilot program to facilitate the resolution of nonpayment of rent cases.
  • Requires the Department of Commerce to authorize landlords an opportunity to apply to certain state rental assistance programs, if feasible, while establishing necessary application and eligibility and conditions on receipt of funds .
  • Provides that unlawful detainer actions are presumptively of limited dissemination, with exceptions.
  • Eliminates the optional notice for landlords to use in nonpayment of rent cases that instructs tenants to pay into the court registry the rent allegedly owed or file a statement denying rent is owed.