Are you concerned about being evicted when the eviction moratorium is lifted? Are you facing a potentially unlawful eviction now? There are resources to help you stay housed!
Governor Inslee has extended the moratorium on evictions through June 30th, 2021. There are only a few reasons your landlord can evict you as long as the moratorium is in effect. You cannot be evicted for not paying rent for COVID-19-related reasons, under federal and state eviction orders. You still may be evicted if you cause an immediate and substantial risk to health, safety or property. The federal eviction order likely prohibits a landlord evicting you so they can move in or sell. Landlords also cannot raise rent while the eviction moratorium is in effect. However, you are still responsible to pay your rent, which is why there are rent assistance programs. If you do not pay rent, you will owe a lot more later, though landlords are required to provide a reasonable repayment plan. The federal eviction moratorium provides a different set of protections, and is also in effect.
- OlyCAP is administering several programs to provide rent assistance. Do you owe any rent from sometime between March 2020 and now? Does your household make 80% AMI* or less? Have you been unemployed for 90 days or more? Visit OlyCAP’s Housing Services webpage to learn about eviction prevention programs and make a housing assistance request online. Applications will be available for household and/or landlord to complete. More information & documentation required. (*80% Area Median Income = $49,450 for a household of 3. The numbers change depending on household size.)
If you are facing an eviction, get legal help right away!
- If you are facing eviction and need legal help, contact this hotline: 1-888-201-1014 | Seniors call: 1-888-387-7111 (both lines are open from 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM)
- Or, contact Clallam-Jefferson Pro Bono Lawyers, here: (360) 504-2422
- Or, contact Northwest Justice Project’s Port Angeles branch, here: (360) 452-9137
- Washington Law Help is an online self-help service which provides guidance to individuals facing a wide variety of legal circumstances. Washington Law Help publishes forms, packets, and checklists for evictions. Here are some helpful links:
- Watch the recording of a presentation given by the Northwest Justice Project about the Washington Eviction Moratorium.
Dispute Resolution Centers
The Landlord – Tenant Mediation and Eviction Prevention program assists landlords and tenants who seek to create a reasonable payment plan for unpaid rent (past, present and future) and other charges related to housing through local Dispute Resolution Centers. Jefferson County clients can be served by two local DRCs.
- Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center: www.pdrc.org | 360-452-8024
- Kitsap Dispute Resolution Center: www.kitsapdrc.org | 360-698-0968 or 206-842-3215