Frustrating but Not Surprising: Judge Allows Washington Eviction Ban to Stand for Now

Posted By: Chester Baldwin WBPA Litigation ,

On Tuesday, August 24, the U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington ruled in a summary judgment in favor of upholding Governor Jay Inslee’s 2020 eviction moratorium. The ruling rejects the Washington Business Properties Association’s (WBPA) arguments to overturn this unfair and unlawful order.

For more information about the hearing, read about it in the Lens.

We fully intend to appeal this ruling and will continue the fight to overturn the eviction ban. Federal courts, including the Supreme Court, across the county have ruled against other state and federal eviction bans.

As a reminder, we sought a summary judgement to overturn the Governor's unconstitutional eviction ban and bring an end to the moratorium. This type of judgement is an early first step in the litigation process. The judge did not rule in our favor which means that thousands of small housing providers across the state will not see relief or support for providing housing for free for over a year. We thank the Court for its time and attention to this important case.

Now more than ever we need your support to help us continue to fight for you and your rights! Please consider contributing to our legal defense fund and help us defeat this ruling.