Kenmore enacts emergency, temporary moratorium on residential tenant evictions

The rule lasts until April 24 but might be subjected to an extension.

With financial security suddenly less sturdy for many amid the COVID-19 outbreak, people nationwide have increasingly expressed concerns about whether virus-related economic impacts will affect things like bill and rental payments.

At its March 16 meeting, the Kenmore City Council addressed one of those items. In a unanimous vote, councilmembers ratified the city manager’s proclamation and issuance of a new emergency rule that puts a temporary ban on residential tenant evictions.

The moratorium is being put into effect not only to offer assistance to those who are most financially vulnerable as a result of the pandemic’s economic impacts but also to lessen the spread of the virus.

The ban will be in place until April 24. However, it might be extended if Public Health Seattle & King County deems it necessary.

The moratorium does not waive rent. Rather, it prevents fees or other charges due to a late rental payment.

Kenmore, like Burien, is one of the first cities in Washington to pass this kind of emergency rule following the city of Seattle’s issuance of a similar one earlier this month.

“In these very difficult times, where thousands of workers are losing their jobs or being sent home without pay, it is important for all of us to do our part to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus and help slow the spread,” Mayor David Baker said in a press release. “Allowing people to stay in their homes during this pandemic emergency will go a long way toward these goals.”

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.