As Monthly Rents Come Due, So Do Different Eviction Policies For Washington, Idaho Tenants

Rent is due this week. But with stay-home orders in both Washington and Idaho, shuttered businesses and a troubled economy, some people wonder if they’ll get evicted if they don’t pay. In Washington, a moratorium on evictions gives protection to renters hit hard by the COVID outbreak. Idaho has no such moratorium, but a recent court order may protect them. QUICK LINKS: - Idaho coronavirus page (with number of cases and emergency orders) - Washington coronavirus emergency orders - Washington...

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Rent is due this week. But with stay-home orders in both Washington and Idaho, shuttered businesses and a troubled economy, some people wonder if they’ll get evicted if they don’t pay.

In Washington, a moratorium on evictions gives protection to renters hit hard by the COVID outbreak. Idaho has no such moratorium, but a recent court order may protect them.

QUICK LINKS:

-Idaho coronavirus page (with number of cases and emergency orders)

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Idaho Secretary of State

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