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Eviction Resolution Pilot Program

Eviction Resolution Pilot Program

Washington’s Eviction Resolution Pilot Program (ERPP) was established by the state legislature as a two-year mandatory pilot operating statewide from November 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023. 


The ERPP ended by state statute as of July 1, 2023. Landlords are no longer required to provide tenants with an ERPP Notice and no longer required to give tenants the option to participate in the ERPP before the landlord can file an unlawful detainer (eviction) case in court for rent not paid.

The Eviction Resolution Pilot Program (ERPP) brought tenants with rent owed and landlords together with a professionally trained, impartial mediator to help them resolve conflicts regarding rent owed. 

 

Dispute Resolution Centers (DRCs) statewide directly served more than 178,900 tenants and landlords through the ERPP. 94% of tenancies were preserved, where outcomes were known. Learn more.

Check with your local DRC for other free or affordable mediation services to resolve many types of housing issues outside of court. These services, when available, are not part of the ERPP and are voluntary; you can choose to use them.

Information for Landlords and Tenants
about the End of the ERPP

The ERPP ended by state statute as of July 1, 2023. You may find helpful information concerning residential evictions for nonpayment of rent on the Washington State Courts’ ERPP website, the Washington Attorney General’s Landlord-Tenant website and Washington Law Help.

 

For Landlords:

If you filed a notice and had an ERPP case open on July 1, 2023, or are a residential landlord with questions about a tenant who owed rent as of July 1, 2023, you may wish to seek legal advice and/or contact the County Clerk or Superior Court serving the county where the tenant resides for guidance.

 

If you are a landlord seeking legal advice or representation, these organizations have member attorneys who may be able to assist you:

Multifamily Housing Association (Supplier Directory)

Rental Housing Association of Washington (Vendor Directory)

Washington Landlord Association

 

For Tenants:

If you are a tenant seeking legal advice or representation, please contact the Eviction Defense Screening Line at (855) 657-8387 or apply on-line at https://nwjustice.org/apply-online.

Additional Tenant Information Resource Links:

Washington Low Income Housing Alliance  

Tenants Union of Washington State

 

For Landlords or Tenants:

If you are unable to obtain a private attorney or do not qualify for free legal services, the Moderate Means program offered through the Washington State Bar Association may be able to help you access legal advice and/or representation. Legal information may be available from washingtonlawhelp.org.  Referral to additional resources may be available by dialing 2-1-1 from any phone in Washington or visiting https://wa211.org/.

 

Voluntary Services for Tenants & Landlords:

Check with your local DRC about voluntary free or affordable mediation services to resolve many types of housing issues outside of court. Voluntary services are different from mandatory processes like the ERPP that are court-ordered or directed by the legislature.

 

When participating by choice, you can choose the outcome that works for you, as professionally trained mediators support all participants in working together to brainstorm ideas and evaluate options.


Read more about other housing dispute resolution services 

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