As provided in RCW 59.18.660(9), the Eviction Resolution Pilot Program (ERPP) expired statewide on July 1, 2023.
Beginning July 1, 2023, landlords are no longer required to provide tenants with an ERPP Notice before bringing an eviction (unlawful detainer) case for nonpayment of rent in Superior Court.
The Washington state legislature established the ERPP as a two-year mandatory pilot program operating statewide from November 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. The ERPP brought tenants owing rents and their landlords together to help them resolve conflicts with the impartial assistance of trained negotiators. The BCRC has provided rent negotiation and other resources for over 2,800 households in Bellevue and Kirkland and their landlords. Together, we have ensured tenants remained in their homes and landlords were paid during the pandemic emergency.
Bellevue's Conflict Resolution Center is currently working on creating a new voluntary program to provide alternatives for landlords and tenants facing evictions. During this interim period, we are no longer providing services for landlords or tenants to negotiate rent repayment plans. We appreciate your patience.
We continue to offer impartial and free dispute resolution services to assist with many types of issues (including non-rent related housing concerns) outside of court. The BCRC’s voluntary services are different from mandatory processes like the ERPP that are court-ordered or directed by the legislature. Our trained conciliators support all participants in working together to brainstorm ideas and evaluate options.
Conflict Resolution Center staff and volunteers do not provide legal advice or services. We bring both parties together for dialogue and negotiation. Language interpretation services are available.
To get help, please contact the Conflict Resolution Center (425-452-4091 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Interpretation services are available.
General Information about the end of the Eviction Resolution Program
Resources for Landlords
Resources for Landlords
If you filed an ERPP notice and had an ERPP case open on July 1, 2023, or are a residential landlord with questions about a tenant who owes 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:
For landlords who qualify, the Moderate Means program offered through the Washington State Bar Association may be able to help you access legal advice and/or representation.
Resources for Tenants
Legal Assistance 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.
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.
Rent Assistance for Tenants
With $7 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding (SLFRP4086 from the U.S. Department of the Treasury), the city launched the Residential Rental and Mortgage Relief program. The organizations below have been contracted by the city to provide rental, mortgage and move-in assistance to low- and moderate-income residents during the pandemic. Please contact the agencies directly for eligibility information and applications.
Rent Assistance Resources
- King County Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program (EPRAP): This program helps people experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 who are at risk of housing instability or homelessness.
- Rent Assistance Agencies List: The City of Bellevue maintains a current list of all the human service agencies in the area. Rental and Mortgage Assistance | City of Bellevue (bellevuewa.gov).
- COVID Resource Navigator Program: The City of Bellevue also offers resident assistance, to help you figure out which programs will best fit your needs. You may also call (425) 452-2800, or email email@example.com for more information.
- Kirkland Residential Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance: For residents of Kirkland.