Additional Rent and Mortgage Assistance Resources

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Financial assistance is available through the City of Kirkland or one of its partners for people behind on rent or mortgage payments. On June 15, 2021 the Kirkland City Council passed an eviction moratorium through September 30, 2021, to allow time for tenants and landlords to apply for assistance with unpaid rent during this time. Below are resources for tenants, landlords, and businesses.

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Know Your Rights/Tenant Protections

Kirkland Eviction Moratorium (effective through September 30, 2021)

  • Landlords are not able to evict tenants for non-payment of rent.
  • Landlords are not able to charge late fees or other charges arising out of such nonpayment of rent
  • A landlord can serve a notice to vacate during the moratorium if:
    • if the property owner intends to sell property (requires a 60 day notice)
    • if the property owner intends to move in as their primary residence (requires a 60 day notice)
    • If there is significant and immediate risk to the health, safety, or property of others created by the resident
  • To read the ordinance, click here
  • If you are a tenant or landlord and have questions about the Kirkland eviction moratorium please email housinghelp@kirklandwa.gov or call (425) 587-3325

There are new tenant protections from the 2021 state legislative session:

Rental Assistance

  • Rental assistance is available through the King County Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program (EPRAP). Households who are under 50% area median income and have missed a rent payment since March 1, 2020 may be eligible. For more information visit https://rent-help.kingcounty.gov/

  • The City of Kirkland is also partnering with community-based organizations to provide rent assistance for residents.

  • Email housinghelp@kirklandwa.gov or (425) 587-3326

Right to Counsel

  • Tenants in King County who earn less than 200% of the federal poverty line or who receive assistance from certain public assistance programs (TANF, SSI, ABD, Medicaid) and are facing an unlawful detainer proceeding (eviction) have the right to an attorney provided by the state. This right only applies after an eviction has been filed, not during the mediation stage, and is funding dependent.

  • Visit Housing Justice Project for more information.

Mediation

  • The Eviction Resolution Program (ERP) has been expanded to every county in the state, but is dependent on funding and buy-in from the local superior court. King County and local jurisdictions are in the process of standing this program up. Before an eviction for unpaid rent can be served, landlords must send notice of this program with a 14-day notice to pay or vacate to the tenant and local Dispute Resolution Center (DRC). Mediation brings the landlord and tenant together to discuss options, and mediators can remind parties of the law and what is reasonable for a repayment plan. Mediation can also document any offers from landlords that are unreasonable or violate any statutes.

  • King County Dispute Resolution Center

  • Bellevue Dispute Resolution Center (Available for Kirkland residents)

Repayment Plans

  • Landlords must offer a repayment plan option to their tenants who have accrued unpaid rent from March 1, 2020 until six months after the moratorium ends or the public health emergency is lifted. The court must consider the circumstances of the tenant when assessing the payment plan. The plan must be reasonable, reasonably scheduled, may not exceed 1/3 of the tenant's monthly rent, allow for payments from non-profits, and apply to rent only. Tenants must accept a reasonable plan within 14 days and pay according to the plan, or they may face eviction.

Just Cause

Evictions can now only occur for the reasons listed in HB 1236:

  • Nonpayment of Rent (14-day pay or vacate)
  • Substantiation breach of a material lease term or a tenant obligation imposed by law (10-day comply or vacate)
  • Tenant commits waste or nuisance upon the premises, illegal activity, or other substantial or repeated and unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of the premises (3-day notice to vacate)
  • Owner or family member want to occupy the unit and no equivalent unit is vacant (90-day notice)
  • Owner puts single family residence up for sale. Owner must make a reasonable attempt to sell the dwelling within 30 days after the tenant has vacated (90-day notice to vacate)
  • Landlord plans to demolish or substantially rehabilitate premises or plans a change of use of premises (120-day notice to vacate)
  • For a full list of reasons and more information visit the Tenants Union’s website

If you receive an eviction notice or your landlord is asking for payment, and you are unable to pay, we encourage you to:

1. Stay in your home
2. Apply for financial assistance
3. Seek legal services
4. Communicate with your landlord and schedule mediation. This is your right as a tenant.