Evictions Data

  • In March of 2020, Jay Inslee put a moratorium on rental evictions due to the economic impacts of COVID
  • The eviction moratorium in Washington State ended on June 30, 2021
  • Pandemic protections and rental assistance have now expired, causing lots of renters to struggle paying their rent, leading to several more evictions
  • 2023 Spokane County rental evictions increased to the highest levels since 2015
  • Eviction filings (known as unlawful detainer actions) totaled 1,663 in 2023
  • Eviction filings totaled 454 in 2020, 512 in 2021, and 1,055 in 2022
  • For directions on how to evict a tenant, please visit: https://www.spokanecounty.org/1407/Eviction-Writ-of-Restitution for more information

How to Help Mitigate Evictions

  • Thoroughly audit rental contracts to make sure they are completed correctly
  • Maintain your bar for new renter qualifications:
    • Examples include a minimum credit score, income verification, past positive rental history, and a background check

Suggested Solutions

  1. Sell! We have had tremendous success recently with owners who are willing to utilize owner financing. In some cases our owners have received a significant amount down, and their monthly net income has increased.
  2. If you self manage, maintain a personal relationship with your tenants. Historically, tenants are more likely to pay if there is a level of personal connection to the landlord.
  3. If you do not self manage, make sure you hire a good property manager. We have recommendations, including our onsite property management team!


SVN Cornerstone Multifamily Team

Nate Gant is an Advisor with SVN Cornerstone. Nate has been an active member of the Eastern Washington real estate community since 2010. He has brokered more than $100 Million in real estate transactions, specializing in land development, REO and investment properties. To get in touch with Nate, email nate.gant@svn.com or call 509.993.4440.

Jordan Lester is an Associate Advisor with SVN Cornerstone. Jordan served as a brokers assistant for 3 years with SVN Cornerstone before becoming a full time broker. Jordan specializes in the multifamily sector of commercial real estate. To get in touch with Jordan, email jordan.lester@svn.com or call 509.496.6922