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
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 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
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:
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
Witnesses – on the day of hearing only
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