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Facing Eviction? Get Help!

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Find out about rent assistance and other help for tenants in Washington State.

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Find rent assistance programs and other help near you

Choose your county:

[COUNTY DROPDOWN LIST HERE]

 

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The federal (Centers for Disease Control or CDC) eviction moratorium is no longer available to tenants as protection against eviction. On August 26, 2021, the United States Supreme Court said the CDC did not have the authority to issue a nationwide eviction moratorium (pause to evictions). The Court said only Congress could allow an eviction moratorium.

  • If you have given a CDC Declaration to your landlord, talk to a lawyer right away. You may still have other options or protections.
  • If you have not given a CDC Declaration to your landlord but were thinking about it, the law is no longer valid. Do not send that declaration. Do talk to a lawyer about your case.

There are still some state eviction protections. 

The Washington State eviction moratorium ended on June 30, 2021, but the governor issued a temporary law or proclamation. This “bridge” proclamation provides some statewide eviction protections until September 30, 2021. 

  • If you owe rent because of COVID-19 from February 29, 2020 to July 31, 2021, a landlord must offer mediation through an Eviction Resolution Program before trying to evict you because of this rent owed. 

  • Tenants must also have a chance to apply for rental assistance. 

  • If you owe rent for August and/or September 2021, you cannot be evicted if you are waiting to hear back on a rental assistance application.

Use this extra time to apply for rent assistance! 

More than $650 million is available. Click on your county using the above drop-down box to find organizations that provide rent assistance and other help in your county. Please note that Northwest Justice Project does not provide rent assistance but the organizations listed do.  

Rent assistance is meant to help everyone, no matter what your citizenship or immigration status. Applying for rent assistance will not harm any immigration application you file. 

If you cannot pay all your rent, your landlord should offer a reasonable payment plan. To learn more and see sample plans, see Coronavirus (COVID-19): Can my landlord evict me now? 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Can my landlord evict me now? can give you detailed information about the Governor’s latest proclamation and what protections are available for tenants. 

 

 

Last Review and Update: Sep 01, 2021