Stay in your unit and don't move out. Support is available for landlords and tenants if renters are still living in the unit.
You still must pay rent eventually. If you can afford your rent now, pay it. If you can't afford it, apply for rental assistance.
Communicate with your landlord, property manager and utility company. Many have information for assistance.
If you’ve received a 14-day notice to vacate for nonpayment…
Contact the Dispute Resolution Center immediately. You can reach an Eviction Resolution Specialist by phone or email: Eviction Resolution Program.
You cannot be legally evicted for non-payment of rent without a court order, which requires first that the Center for Dispute Resolution issue a certificate to the court. It is imperative that you respond to all notices by their deadlines and respond to communication attempts from Center for Dispute Resolution.
For nonpayment evictions, tenant must receive:
14-day pay or vacate notice; and
Eviction Resolution Pilot Program Notice (ERPP notice must also be delivered to the Center for Dispute Resolution).
If you received an Evictions Summons and Complaint...
Respond to the notice and show up at your court hearing. A legal representative from Tacomaprobono’s Housing Justice Project will be there to screen tenants who appear for their hearing without an attorney.
Under a new state law, if you are low-income and facing eviction, you are eligible for free attorney representation in your eviction case by the Housing Justice Project. Fill out a client intake form at the Housing Justice Project website.