By Sydney Brown
WNPA News Service 

Free attorneys, extended ban on evictions considered

Broad new powers proposed for renters; property owners call bill 'horrible'


Last updated 2/19/2021 at 8:51am

An extension of an eviction moratorium for another two years and free attorneys for tenants who face eviction are proposed in a new bill that landlords say would decimate their industry.

“It’s our goal to balance the needs of the state but also to avoid crisis,” said Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, to the Senate Ways & Means Committee Feb. 16.

If passed, Senate Bill 5160 would ban landlords from ending a lease or refusing to renew a lease until two years after the end of a declared public health emergency on the basis of unpaid rent. This would not apply to landlords who live...

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