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HOUSING JUSTICE PROJECT

 

 



 

 

The Housing Justice Project (HJP) is a homelessness prevention program providing accessible volunteer-based legal services to low-income tenants facing eviction in King County.

 

 

WHO WE SERVE

 

  • Low-income
  • King County residents
  • Residential tenants only - no business tenants or homeowners

 

WHAT WE DO

 

 

Provide FREE legal assistance, including:

  • Legal advice for tenants with eviction related issues
  • Help answering eviction paperwork
  • Negotiations with landlords for tenants facing eviction
  • Representation of tenants at eviction (show cause) hearings
  • Referral and resource information

 

WHAT WE DO NOT DO

  • Help landlords
  • Help commercial/business tenants
  • Help those living outside King County
  • Help with cases other than eviction
  • Provide on-going representation
  • Give legal advice over the phone
  • HJP does not take appointments 
 

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Recorded information available in Spanish at: (206) 267-7091

Come to our offices listed below to meet with an attorney. You will first talk to a legal assistant who will collect information from you before you talk with an attorney. No appointment is necessary.

 

       

 

  HJP CLINIC LOCATIONS AND HOURS:

If you are responding to a court action that has been filed against you, review the pleadings to determine whether the action was filed in the Kent Courthouse or the Seattle Courthouse.

If you are unsure where the court action has been filed against and you live in King County north of Interstate 90 or within the city limits of Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue, Issaquah, North Bend, and Vashon and Maury Islands you should go to the courthouse in Seattle. 

If you live South of Interstate 90 and do not live in any of the cities listed above, you should go to the Kent Courthouse.


Any eligible resident of King County, regardless of where they live can attend the afternoon clinic in Seattle.
 
 

King County Courthouse

516 3rd Avenue

W-314 - 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98104

 

Morning Clinic: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Afternoon Clinic: Monday 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

(all clients should arrive prior to 5:00pm for the afternoon clinic)

 


 


Maleng Regional Justice Center - Kent Courthouse

401 4th Avenue N

Room 1281
Kent, WA 98032

Morning Clinic:  Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

 

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HOW TO PREPARE

  • Decide if you want to move or stay
  • Write a timeline of events when possible
  • Bring to HJP:
    • Lease Agreement
    • Rent receipts or cancelled checks
    • All paperwork from the landlord or landlord’s attorney (3-day notice, 10-day notice, summons & complaint, order to show cause, etc.)
    • All letters or emails to and from the landlord or landlord’s attorney
    • Photos
    • Witnesses – on the day of hearing only


OTHER RESOURCES

 

City of Seattle, Dept. of Planning and Development: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd
King County Law Library: http://www.kcll.org
Legal Resource Links: http://www.kcba.org/legalhelp/links.aspx
Legal Action Center: Phone: http://www.ccsww.org

Northwest Justice Project: http://www.nwjustice.org
Solid Ground (formerly Fremont Public Association): http://www.solid-ground.org
Tenants Union (for general housing information and forms): http://www.tenantsunion.org/
Washington Law Help: http://www.washingtonlawhelp.org

 

 

 

 



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