Port Bars Evictions, Offers Emergency Financial Relief to Airport Tenants with Rent and Fee Deferrals

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April 1, 2020
Contact: Perry Cooper | SEA Media Officer
(206) 787-4923 | cooper.p@portseattle.org

Port Bars Evictions, Offers Emergency Financial Relief to Airport Tenants with Rent and Fee Deferrals

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The Port of Seattle Commission today approved an immediate, short-term emergency financial relief package for airport-based businesses, barred evictions of tenants at Port of Seattle facilities (including live-aboard residents) due to an inability to pay rent through June 30, 2020, and authorized the Executive Director to provide additional immediate relief to Port tenants such as maritime and real estate tenants.    

The immediate, short-term emergency financial relief package for airport-based businesses includes a two-month deferral of rent and fees for airport tenants and concessionaires facing a severe collapse of economic activity due to COVID-19 related social distancing and travel restrictions. The Port will review information from tenants and concessionaires to assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic before considering an extension for additional two months.

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