Welcome to the Dispute Resolution Center of Tri-Cities

NOTE: THE DRCTC WILL BE CLOSED WED. NOV. 24 AT 3:00 PM UNTIL MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 AT 9:00 AM FOR THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY. WE WILL RESUME PROCESSING ERPP NOTICES ON THE 29TH. ANY NOTICES SENT PRIOR TO THAT WILL NOT BE OPENED UNTIL MONDAY MORNING THE 29TH.

The Dispute Resolution Center of Tri-Cities offers professional mediation services to Benton and Franklin Counties, assisting those in conflict to reach mutually acceptable agreements. The DRC of Tri-Cities also provides facilitation, education and training to individuals, businesses and organizations to enhance the skills necessary for managing and resolving conflict.  We have successfully mediated over 2300 cases. As a private not-for-profit organization, the DRC of Tri-Cities receives funding from a variety of sources, allowing charges for services to be much less than private mediators. Our purpose is to provide high quality, low cost professional mediation and training services to the community. We believe that communication is the key to getting conflicts resolved!

DIVORCING? You do not need to wait for the courts to open to move ahead. Negotiate the terms of the divorce in mediation at the DRC, fill out the paperwork (available online), and have the Court Facilitator go over your documents with you. Then, wait for the 90 day waiting period to expire and file final papers. Call us ay 509-783-3325.

(For your convenience, we now have Paypal. Just click on Contact Us-Payments)

Resources– For help with a low cost divorce, click HERE

Click Here For More ERPP Program Information

THE DRCTC WILL BE CLOSED WED. NOV. 24 AT 3:00 PM UNTIL MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 AT 9:00 AM FOR THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY. WE WILL RESUME PROCESSING ERPP NOTICES ON THE 29TH. ANY NOTICES SENT PRIOR TO THAT WILL NOT BE OPENED UNTIL MONDAY MORNING THE 29TH.

The DRCTC ERPP phone line is 509-783-1043.

The BEST RESOURCE for all questions pertaining to ERPP is Washingtonlawhelp.org. We will be glad to answer your questions, but we encourage you to go there for the most complete information.

The “Bridge Proclamation” extending some eviction moratorium protections expired at 11:59pm on October 31st 2021. Potential evictions for unpaid rent from March 1, 2020 until the present are now subject to the Eviction Resolution Pilot Program (ERPP), as enacted April, 2021 ( SB 5160 Section 7, RCW 59.18.630).

Landlords must engage the ERPP process before an eviction for unpaid rent may proceed to court. ERPP begins when a landlord serves a tenant and sends the local dispute resolution center an ERPP Notice along with a 14 Day Notice to Pay or Vacate. In some countries where a landlord sent these notices during the eviction moratorium or Bridge period for rent die from March, 2020 through July, 2021, new notices may be required under the ERPP. For unpaid rent due between August and October, 2021 only, previous ERPP Notices and 14 Day Notices to Pay or Vacate may be sufficient. Landlord and tenants are encouraged to consult legal counsel.

For More Information Visit:  

Washington State Attorney General

Washington State Department of Commerce

WA Courts Eviction Resolution Pilot Program

ATTENTION LANDLORDS

ALL ERPP NOTICES IN BENTON & FRANKLIN COUNTIES SHOULD BE SUBMITTED VIA EMAIL. EACH EMAIL MAY ONLY CONTAIN ONE NOTICE PER EMAIL.

EMAILS MAY BE SUBMITTED AT ERPSPECIALIST@DRCTC.ORG.

Notices must be filled out completely. If information is missing the notice will be returned to you for completion before processing. Call us at 509-783-1043 if you have questions.

ATTENTION TENANTS

THERE IS A LARGE AMOUNT OF RENTAL ASSISTANCE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY COVID-19. MANY TENANTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE FULL AMOUNT OR A MAJORITY OF THE AMOUNT OF BACK RENT OWED.

DO NOT MOVE OUT OF YOUR RESIDENCE IN AN ATTEMPT TO AVOID THE PROCESS. THIS COULD MAKE YOU INELIGIBLE.

THE PROGRAM IS INTENDED TO MAKE LANDLORDS WHOLE AND KEEP TENANTS IN THEIR HOMES. THE HOUSING RESOURCE CENTER HAS ASSURED US THAT MOST APPLICATIONS WILL BE PROCESSED WITHIN 48 HOURS.

PLEASE CALL US IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF HOW TO APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE. THE ERPP PHONE LINE IS 509-783-1043.