Eviction Resolution Program
Components of the Eviction Resolution Program
With many landlords and tenants hit ard by impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Yakima County is expecting to face a large number of eviction cases after state and federal moratoria on evictions are lifted. in hopes of reducing the severity of a wave of evictins in the community, the Yakima County Superior court has established an Eviction Resolution program (ERP) that will require problem-solving steps before eviction cases may be filed in court.
Though the state and federal eviction moratoria have not lifted yet, it is hoped that many landlords and tenants will join in the resolution programs early to take advantage of the assistance and get a head start on problem solving.
The goal of the program is to bring all parties together with trained resolution specialists to explore solutions such as available state and local rental assistance, or achievable payment plans that could help tenants retain their housing and divert many situations from the legal eviction process.
Landlords and tenants can find details about the eviction resolution program and how they can participate, on the statewide web site dedicated to the program at the Washington Courts Website. The Washington State and federal moratoria on evictions are now set to expire September 30, 2021, but the Eviction Resolution Program is available now for landlords and tenants. Funding from the federal CARES Act has been used to establish the pilot program, which will include free assistance from dispute resolution specialists who will be trained with information and resources specific to eviction situations based on non-payment. Funding also includes free assistance of interpreters.
The objective of the ERP is to:
Bring all parties to the table with the assistance of qualified and trained Eviction Resolution Specialists;
Explore the amount of rent arrears, the current and prospective circumstances of the tenant, the availability of rent and other assistance to cure or partially cure the arrearage;
Discover a range of other terms that might resolve the matter in a way that allows the tenant to retain housing (and avoid the need for filing an unlawful detainer action).
VIDEO- UNDERSTANDING THE EVICTION RESOLUTION PROGRAM (ERP)
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