By Karen Robes Meeks
Port of Olympia tenants affected by COVID-19 got some relief this week when port commissioners agreed to temporarily suspend issuing notices of default, late fees, and penalties for nonpayment of rents effective immediately.
The resolution ensures that Swantown Marina vessel owners who consider their vessel their main home and approved live-aboard status won’t have their vessels impounded and sold if they’ve been affected by the health crisis.
Those seeking suspensions or deferrals must furnish self-certification that Covid-19 has affected their ability to pay rent or moorage, the port said.
Qualified tenants and live-aboards won’t be charged interest and/or lease reinstatement fees.
The resolution will be in effect for 60 days and can be dissolved or extended by the commission.