Brandon Gribben

Seattle’s First-in-Time Ordinance Will Remain the Law After U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal

Landlord Tenant, Real Estate

This week the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of Seattle’s First-in-Time ordinance. The First in Time ordinance – believed to be the first in the country – was passed by Seattle City Council in 2016. After initially being declared unconstitutional by King County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Parisien, it was appealed directly […]


Scott Johnson

Extension and Expansion of State Eviction Moratorium

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Land Use, Real Estate

On April 16, 2020, Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-19.1 that extended and expanded the scope of the state-wide eviction moratorium contained in Proclamation 20-19.  The moratorium had been set to expire on April 17, 2020.  The following is a summary of the provisions of Proclamation 20-19.1.  You can find the proclamation here. The proclamation: Extends […]


Michael Spence

Seattle Considering Commercial Rent moratorium and Mandatory Payment Plans

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Land Use, Real Estate

On Tuesday, April 13, 2020, the Seattle City Council passed Council Bill 119766, relating to commercial tenancies involving small businesses or nonprofits. The ordinance would temporarily place a moratorium on rent increases for these tenants and would require landlords to negotiate payment plans for overdue rent. As of this writing (April 16, 2020 ), the […]


David Tran

Online Remote Notarization Keeps Real Estate Transactions Moving Forward

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Land Use, Real Estate

Washington allows real estate documents to be executed by e-signatures rather than wet-ink signatures.  However, many real estate related documents require notarization.  The ability of individuals to properly execute deeds, deeds of trust, long-term leases, easements, covenants and other real estate documents requiring notarizing, has become increasingly difficult under the COVID-19 social distancing orders and […]


Samuel Winninghoff

Governor Inslee Issues New Guidance for Real Estate Brokers

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Land Use, Real Estate

On March 27, 2020, Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a memorandum clarifying the restrictions placed on the real estate and mortgage industries in his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The memorandum sets forth guidance and restrictions by which real estate professionals, sellers, and buyers can continue to operate […]


Michael Spence

COVID-19 and Your Real Estate Transaction

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Land Use, Real Estate

The COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order have stopped your real estate transaction dead in its tracks.  The earnest money is in escrow, but Washington is shut down for all but “essential services”, which does not include real estate at this time.  What are your options? If your transaction involves Northwest […]