Port of Olympia Offers Tenants Relief

By Karen Robes Meeks

Effective immediately, the Port of Olympia is offering 90 days of relief to tenants affected by COVID-19, thanks to a recent decision by port commissioners to temporarily suspend issuing notices of default, late fees, and penalties for nonpayment of rents immediately.

The port originally published the resolution being in effect for 60 days but has since updated that number to 90 days for real estate leases and liveaboard moorage, or until the commission terminates or extends the time period.

Under the resolution, Swantown Marina vessel owners who use their vessel as their main home and have approved liveaboard status won’t have their vessels impounded and sold if they have been affected by COVID-19. They must provide self-certification that the health crisis has affected their ability to pay rent or moorage.

By Sarah Spangler