SEATTLE — A new eviction resolution program aims to explore all avenues before final legal action that can impact people far beyond the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s statewide eviction moratorium expires at the end of the year. Worried about a wave of evictions in the new year, Washington courts are launching an “eviction resolution program” to help.
The program serves as mediation between a tenant facing eviction and landlords. It is specific only to non-payment issues because of the pandemic.
Here’s how it works: Tenants and landlords meet with resolution specialists who can mediate efforts to create repayment plans, resolve disputes and connect with rental assistance programs.
Landlords are required to participate before they can file rent-related evictions. If a renter chooses not to participate in the program, landlords can proceed with rent-related evictions.
Right now six counties are participating: King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston and Clark.