EDRA Application

Applying for EDRA

Is your household eligible to apply?

Qualified applicants should carefully review the EDRA Application form instructions. 

Preparing Your Application

You will need to gather the following documents to submit with your application:

  • Household Representative Consent form (only for online applications with households of 2 or more, who are 18 or older) 
  • Proof that you have notified your landlord in writing of your intention to move
  • Copy of rental agreement OR proof of housing costs in the 12 months prior to the start date of the latest increase
  • Rental increase notice (s) OR proof that housing costs were increased by 10% or more in the 12 months prior to the start date of the latest increase
  • Proof of all household income (before taxes and deductions) for last year and the current year to date OR a signed sworn declaration explaining the lack of income or lack of income documentation 

These are examples of documents for proof of income:

  • Tax returns
  • Pay stubs
  • W2 forms
  • Unemployment or Social Security benefit determination letter
  • Retirement benefit statements
  • Child support letters

Application Timelines

You must submit your application to the City within 180 days after receiving the EDRA housing cost increase notice or up to 60 days after the rent increase goes into effect, whichever is later. If you are unable to apply within these timelines, please call the helpline at (206) 684-5700 to discuss potential options.

How to Submit an Application

There are a few ways you can apply for EDRA.

  1. Apply online, using the Seattle Services Portal
    Here is a helpful guide to registering a new account  
  2. Download a fillable PDF, print it, and mail or fax it to us at:
    SDCI - EDRA Coordinator
    700 Fifth Ave., Suite 1900, P.O. Box 34029
    Seattle, WA 98124-4019
    Fax: (206) 386-0771
  3. If you don’t have access to a printer, call (206) 684-5700 and we can mail an application to you. 

This is the EDRA notice you should receive from your landlord when a housing cost increase equals or exceeds 10% within 12 months. If this notice is not attached, you should call the helpline.  

What to Expect After You Apply

  • We will review your application and contact you if we need additional documents or information to complete the review. You will have up to 30 days to provide information we  request.
  • We will notify you of our decision by mail within 10 days of receiving your completed application.
  • If your application qualifies for EDRA, we will issue a check to your household representative within 14 days. The check can be mailed or picked up in person at the Seattle Municipal Tower.
  • If we find your household not eligible for EDRA, you may request an appeal within 10 days of being notified. More information about appeals will be included with the notification.

Important - if you receive relocation assistance, you must move out by the date provided in your application. If you choose not to move, the payment must be refunded within 10 days.

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