Bellevue offers assistance with overdue rent, mortgage payments

by Lindsey Wells

The city of Bellevue is offering mediation to help tenants and landlords negotiate repayment of overdue rent resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by Seattle King County REALTORS® (SKCR).

The Bellevue Conflict Resolution Center is helping landlords and tenants negotiate repayment plans through the state’s court-mandated Eviction Resolution Pilot Program. Both tenants and landlords can initiate repayment plan negotiations, the report noted.

If a landlord seeks eviction or restitution through the courts, they must first send a notice and repayment plan offer to both the tenant and Conflict Resolution Center. Tenants have 14 days to respond. 

The city is also providing money to low- and moderate-income residents to cover back rent and unpaid mortgages through its Rental and Mortgage Relief program.

In August 2021, Bellevue’s city council authorized $7 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for the program.

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