For Immediate Release:
July 1, 2021
Treasurer Baumgartner offers residential landlords and property managers property tax extension relief through September 30th, 2021 in response to the Governor’s eviction moratorium bridge.
Treasurer Baumgartner announced today that Spokane County landlords and property managers participating in the Treasurer’s Office Landlord Property Tax Extension program will receive an additional extension through September 30th, 2021. The announcement comes in response to the Governor’s eviction moratorium bridge which expires September 30th. For most taxpayers, first half property taxes were due by May 31st.
By state law, a County Treasurer may offer an extension of property tax deadlines during a state of emergency declared by the Governor. Originally declared on February 29th, 2020, the state of Washington has remained in a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Governor’s eviction moratorium has put an incredible burden on local rental housing providers over the last sixteen months. In the same time frame, government has not done nearly enough to provide relief to these landlords and property managers unable to enforce their lease terms or collect rents to pay their mortgages, property taxes, and maintenance costs. I am again using my statutory authority during a state of emergency to provide Spokane County landlords more time to pay their property tax bills without accruing interest charges.” Said Michael Baumgartner, The Treasurer of Spokane County
The Governor’s eviction moratorium bridge runs from July 1st through September 30th, 2021. The proclamation phases in new regulations passed this year by the state legislature while restricting charging past unpaid rents and other fees as enforceable debt until new state programs are in place.
Taxpayers already participating in the Landlord Extension program do not need to take any further action. Property owners interested in more information about participating should contact the Treasurer’s Office at (509) 477-4713, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Treasurer’s Office website at www.spokanecounty.org/treasurer in the “Your Treasurer’s Office” section.