Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Landlord Liaison Project?

The King County Landlord Liaison Project (LLP) is a partnership among landlords and property managers, participating service providers, and people with barriers to accessing housing. The goal of LLP is to successfully house homeless individuals and families who could not otherwise access housing due to rental barriers.  Participating landlords agree to apply alternative screening criteria to applicants referred for housing through this program. In exchange, participating agencies will provide continuing support services to LLP tenants and will rapidly respond to landlords’ concerns. These services ensure that tenants and landlords receive support and assistance to sustain thriving tenancies and communities.

How can I become an LLP client?

LLP partners with 130+ programs and community service providers; please ask your service provider if they are a program partner.

Do fair housing laws allow housing providers to participate in the Landlord Liaison Project?

Yes. In fact, housing providers and social service agencies collaborating under the Landlord Liaison Project are affirmatively furthering fair housing by:

  • Removing housing barriers for homeless individuals and families
  • Expanding housing opportunities for members of protected classes including:
    • Domestic violence survivors
    • Families with children
    • People with disabilities
    • Veterans

Do fair housing laws allow housing providers to use alternative screening criteria for Landlord Liaison Project clients?

Yes. Fair housing requires consistency. The key to consistency is to require all prospective residents to establish eligibility for housing by verifying that they can and will:

  • Pay rent on time
  • Care for the property
  • Be good neighbors

Often housing providers use strict screening criteria to establish an applicant’s eligibility. Fair housing laws allow the use of alternative criteria to enable applicants to establish eligibility. For example, a landlord may agree to use alternative screening criteria for applicants who will be participating in support services during their tenancy. Such support services can reassure the housing provider that the rent will be paid, the property will not be damaged and the lease will be followed. So, with the Landlord Liaison Project, the housing provider may use alternative screening criteria instead of strict, standardized criteria.

How can I get more information about fair housing rights and responsibilities?

Contact OCR at 206-296-7592 for more information about fair housing rights and responsibilities.