Washington State Foreclosure Mediation
Foreclosure Mediation Bill Passes into WA State Law
On Thursday, April 14, Governor Chris Gregoire signed into law the “Foreclosure Fairness Act”, giving homeowners the option of face to face mediation with the bank or company servicing their mortgage.
Of the 27 states which do not require court approval of foreclosures, Washington is only the 3rd to adopt this type of program.
Dispute Resolution Centers (DRCs) around the State began to offer foreclosure mediation services to residents in 2011.
Resolution Washington, the statewide association of DRCs, provided valuable input to policy makers as the bill was crafted and several members provided testimony that helped advance the bill. DRC mediators are identified within the bill as one category of eligible mediators. The Department of Commerce provided training for these mediators.
Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center is proud to be a member of Resolution Washington, and a contributor to the development of cutting edge uses of mediation.