DAVE ROSS

‘We’re at the edge of losing our properties’: WA landlords suing to lift eviction moratorium

Nov 18, 2020, 11:54 AM | Updated: 12:11 pm
eviction moratorium...
(Unsplash/Brandon Griggs)
(Unsplash/Brandon Griggs)

There is an eviction moratorium in Washington state, which has been extended until the end of the year, and four landlords are suing in federal court to get it lifted. One of them is Enrique Jevons, who is in Yakima and individually manages 93 rental properties.

“We have about a dozen that are on payment plans. It’s one in particular that we have that is still employed. He just told us, ‘Well, I don’t have to pay, so I’m not going to pay.’ There’s absolutely no requirements that you actually be unemployed or that your hours have been cut back at all, such that anybody can simply choose not to pay. And so I do have one tenant who flat out told us that he’s chosen not to pay,” Jevons said.

New study finds that COVID-19 can spread even when rules are followed

Jevons was more open to the eviction moratorium when it first came around, hoping that it would be short-term and that he’d survive it. But the repeated extensions with no end in sight are hitting him hard.

“When the moratorium first came around, I thought, ‘Oh, OK, if this is just a month or two, I’ll survive, right? It’s going to be a hit, but I’ll survive. But now it’s been extended a couple of times now, all the way till the end of the year. Certainly don’t expect the pandemic to all of a sudden be over at the end of the year. So that’s a concern there,” he said.

How Gov. Inslee hinting at more regulations may be increasing the stress

“I’ve already burned through all my savings, and now what? We’re at the edge of losing properties, and there are people that are now selling their rental properties as a result. But the problem is there, who’s going to buy it? Because if it’s got a tenant that’s not paying rent and you know you’re not gonna be able to get that tenant out, nobody in their right mind is going to buy that rental property.”

Listen to Seattle’s Morning News weekday mornings from 5 – 9 a.m. on KIRO Radio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

Dave Ross on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dave rossTune in to KIRO Radio weekdays at 5am for Dave Ross on Seattle's Morning News.

Dave's Commentary

Dave Ross

Bremerton coach...
MyNorthwest Staff

McKenna: ‘Real chance’ Bremerton coach could prevail in SCOTUS case over praying at games

Could former Bremerton High School football Coach Joe Kennedy finally score a legal victory in front of the Supreme Court?
18 hours ago
voting...
MyNorthwest Staff

Washington Rep. Kilmer says voting rules must pass the ‘grandma’ test

Congressman Derek Kilmer believes certain voting rights need to be enshrined nationwide, and it has to do with his grandma
18 hours ago
Stevens Pass, snow...
Dave Ross

Ross: The snow is gone, but the storm continues

One of the essential functions of snow storms in Washington state is to give us one more reason to get angry at the government.
18 hours ago
voting rights...
Dave Ross

Ross: It’s time to start working on a plan B to protect voting rights

Everyone who is passionate about protecting voting rights, start working on plan B now. Use that anger to show voters how to comply with repressive laws.
2 days ago
Inslee, swear...
Dave Ross

Ross: Let them swear they will tell nothing but the truth

My daughter heard yesterday’s commentary about Inslee’s proposed law to discourage candidates from lying about elections, and came up with an alternative.
3 days ago
health care workers, hospital...
MyNorthwest Staff

Mercer Island MD: New guidelines for health workers could expose ‘vulnerable people’

Dr. Gordon Cohen, Mercer Island MD, comments on the new guidelines from the CDC that allow COVID-positive health care workers to return to work.
4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Compassion International Is Determined to ‘Fill’ a Unique Type of Football ‘Stadium’

Compassion International SPONSORED — During this fall’s football season—and as the pandemic continues to impact the entire globe—one organization has been urging caring individuals to help it “fill” a unique type of “stadium” in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of many. Compassion International’s distinctive Fill the Stadium (FtS, fillthestadium.com) initiative provides […]
...

What are the Strongest, Greenest, Best Windows?

Lake Washington Windows & Doors SPONSORED — Fiberglass windows are an excellent choice for window replacement due to their fundamental strength and durability. There is no other type of window that lasts as long as fiberglass; so why go with anything else? Fiberglass windows are 8x stronger than vinyl, lower maintenance than wood, more thermally […]
...

COVID Vaccine is a Game-Changer for Keeping our Kids Healthy

Snohomish Health District SPONSORED — Cheers to the parents and guardians who keep their kids safe and healthy. The dad who cooks a meal with something green in it, even though he’s tired and drive-thru burgers were tempting. The mom who calms down the little one who loudly and resolutely does NOT want to brush […]
...
Experience Anacortes

Coastal Christmas Celebration Week in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
...

Delayed-Onset PTSD: Signs and Symptoms

Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers SPONSORED — You’re probably familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder. Often abbreviated as PTSD, this condition is diagnosed when a person experiences a set of symptoms for at least a month after a traumatic event. However, for some people, these issues take longer to develop. This results in a diagnosis of delayed-onset PTSD […]
...

Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7. Free unbiased help is here!

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SPONSORED — Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the Annual Election Period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, […]
‘We’re at the edge of losing our properties’: WA landlords suing to lift eviction moratorium