Tenant Protections

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Resources & information

The information on this page is meant to help tenants and landlords learn about their legal rights and responsibilities, and find resources if they need help - especially because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit each organization’s website for more information on services, eligibility, and how to get help.

Rent assistance

If you are behind on your rent or are having difficulty paying your current rent because of financial hardship related to COVID-19, these agencies may be able to help:

Eviction resolution

The Eviction Resolution Pilot Program resolves landlord and tenant disputes before they lead to court filings and evictions. The ERPP coordinates services with community partners, including rental assistance, in helping tenants and landlords to reach written agreements. New state law requires landlords to notify the ERPP and attempt mediation before they can move forward rel="noopener noreferrer" with an eviction for unpaid rel="noopener noreferrer" rent.

Financial assistance for landlords

The Landlord Covid relief program offers up to $15,000 for unpaid rents from March 2020 through December 2021 when a tenant is low-income, limited resourced or facing financial hardship, has defaulted on a repayment plan or vacated/abandoned the property without being evicted.

Low-income landlords can receive up to 80% of unpaid rents from March 1, 2020, through December 31, 2021. Landlord must own four or fewer properties, be sole-owner of the property, not use a property rel="noopener noreferrer" management company, rel="noopener noreferrer" and meet income qualifications.

Legal help for landlord-tenant issues

If you are facing eviction, call the Eviction Defense Screening Line at 1-855-657-8387 to get connected with legal help. If you need rel="noopener noreferrer" legal advice on other landlord-tenant issues, contact these organizations directly:

Housing discrimination

If you believe you’ve experienced discrimination in housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, familial status, disability, marital status, rel="noopener noreferrer" military/veteran status, gender identity, and/or immigration/citizenship status, rel="noopener noreferrer" these agencies may be able rel="noopener noreferrer" to assist you in filing a complaint for investigation:

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Tenant protections related to COVID-19 

Washington State Eviction Moratorium

The Washington State Eviction Moratorium expired on June 30, rel="noopener noreferrer" 2021. Governor Jay Inslee issued a new Proclamation rel="noopener noreferrer" regarding evictions for nonpayment of rent, effective July 1-September 30, 2021. For information about the most recent rel="noopener noreferrer" proclamation, sample rel="noopener noreferrer" repayment plans, rel="noopener noreferrer" required notice forms, and guidance on SB5160, visit the Washington State Attorney rel="noopener noreferrer" General’s Office Landlord-Tenant Page.

If you have additional questions, contact the Washington State Attorney rel="noopener noreferrer" General’s Office by filling out an online form with your questions, or by calling 833-660-4877.

Statewide legal updates

During the 2021 Session, the Washington State Legislature passed new laws, or amended existing laws, that impact tenants and landlords. This document is provided for information purposes only and is not legal advice.

Questions?

Contact Christa Lenssen, Housing Program Specialist, at clenssen@ci.olympia.wa.us.