EVICTION RESOLUTION PILOT PROGRAM

Eviction Resolution Pilot Program

The Eviction Resolution Program has launched in Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties. 

The Eviction Resolution Pilot Program (ERPP) is required by local Superior Court order prior to filing an unlawful detainer action for nonpayment of rent by each pilot county listed in the chart above.


The ERPP helps landlords and tenants resolve nonpayment of rent cases through dispute resolution and access to rental assistance and legal aid. The landlord and tenant may be able to access rental assistance to repay the rent owed, work out a plan for the tenant to pay the rent owed over time, or create a plan to move out without an unlawful detainer action.


The local Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) helps tenants and landlords communicate through informal and formal processes including conciliation, conflict coaching, rental assistance navigation, and mediation.  DRCs are impartial and serve to help you and the tenant to resolve the issues.


Disclaimer: The information on this site is not, and it is not intended to, constitute legal advice. Various eviction moratoriums exist locally and nationally, and landlords are strongly encouraged to consult an attorney prior to serving a 14-day notice and/or filing an unlawful detainer action. 



Not in Grays Harbor, Pacific, or Wahkiakum counties? Find out what DRC is serving your area here


NOTICE TO LANDLORDS and TENANTS

The “Bridge Proclamation” extending some eviction moratorium protections expired at 11:59pm on October 31, 2021. Potential evictions for unpaid rent from March 1, 2020 until the present are now subject to the Eviction Resolution Pilot Program (ERPP), as enacted in April, 2021 (SB 5160 Section 7, RCW 59.18.630).

 

Landlords must engage the ERPP process before an eviction for unpaid rent may proceed to court. ERPP begins when a landlord serves a tenant and sends the local dispute resolution center an ERPP Notice along with a 14 Day Notice to Pay or Vacate. In some counties where a landlord sent these notices during the eviction moratorium or Bridge period for rent due from March, 2020 through July, 2021, new notices may be required under the ERPP. For unpaid rent due between August and October, 2021 only, previous ERPP Notices and 14 Day Notices to Pay or Vacate may be sufficient. Landlords and tenants are encouraged to consult legal counsel.



GETTING STARTED

Under the statute, an ERPP engagement begins when the landlord serves the tenant both the Eviction Resolution Program Notice and a 14-Day Notice to Pay or Vacate. The landlord also sends a copy of both notices to the DRC. 


Please make sure your Notice is complete. The Notice must contain the name, address, phone number and email for the tenant and landlord. If the Landlord is represented by an attorney, the attorney’s contact information must also be included. If the landlord does not have the information, they must indicate so in the form. 


If the landlord has missing contact information, we ask that the last known address, phone, and email on file be provided. 



WORKING TOWARDS RESOLUTION

Engage with DRC staff and participate in negotiations and access to resources to resolve the unpaid rent. If you are able to solve your issues, you will receive a copy of your written agreement. If you do not reach an agreement or if the tenant refuses services, the DRC will issue a DRC Certificate that allows the landlord to move forward the eviction process in court. 


PROCESSING AND PRIORITIZATION 

The DRC has finite ERPP resources and will process notices as soon as possible in light of those finite resources. Cases will be processed on a first come, first served basis, with the order based on the timestamp of an emailed notice. Notices received after 3:00 p.m. will not be processed until the following business day. To be able to provide efficient and effective services to all existing and new clients, notices received after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday will not begin to be processed by our DRC until the following Monday, or next business day if Monday is a holiday. 

Each notice must be sent in a separate email to: erp@drcghp.org. No batch notices will be accepted, and landlords are encouraged to prioritize appropriately for their needs.


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CONTACT


You may contact us at erp@drcghp.org or at 360-532-8950





CONTACT US ABOUT ERPP

ERP@drcghp.org
360-532-8950