Pierce County starts free eviction resolution program before COVID-19 moratorium ends

Pierce County Superior Court has started an eviction resolution program before moratoriums in response to the COVID-19 pandemic end.

“Currently there are both federal and state mandates suspending evictions based on the non-payment of rent,” the court said in a news release Thursday. “Once those mandates end, Pierce County expects a large number of eviction cases to be filed in Superior Court.”

Gov. Jay Inslee’s eviction moratorium and the federal eviction moratorium are both set to expire Dec. 31.

The free resolution program “will require parties to engage in problem-solving steps before the cases come to court,” the news release said.

Landlords and tenants in the program work with eviction resolution specialists to find options such as payment plans and rental assistance.

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