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Replacement housing payment for ninety-day occupants.

(1) Eligibility: A tenant or owner-occupant displaced from a dwelling is entitled to a payment not to exceed five thousand two hundred fifty dollars for rental assistance, as computed in accordance with subsection (2) of this section, or downpayment assistance, as computed in accordance with subsection (3) of this section, if such displaced person:
(a) Has actually and lawfully occupied the displacement dwelling for at least ninety days immediately prior to the initiation of negotiations; and
(b) Has rented, or purchased, and occupied a DSS replacement dwelling within one year (unless the agency extends this period for good cause) after:
(i) For a tenant, the date the tenant moves from the displacement dwelling; or
(ii) For an owner-occupant, the later of:
(A) The date the owner-occupant receives final payment for the displacement dwelling, or in the case of condemnation, the date the full amount of the estimate of just compensation is deposited with the court; or
(B) The date the owner-occupant moves from the displacement dwelling.
(2) Rental assistance payment:
(a) Amount of payment: An eligible displaced person who rents a replacement dwelling is entitled to a payment not to exceed five thousand two hundred fifty dollars for rental assistance (see also WAC 468-100-404). Such payment shall be forty-two times the amount obtained by subtracting the base monthly rent or the fair market rent (in accordance with (b) of this subsection) of the displacement dwelling for a reasonable period prior to displacement, as determined by the agency, from the lessor of:
(i) The monthly rent and average monthly cost of utilities for a comparable replacement dwelling; or
(ii) The monthly rent and estimated average monthly utilities for the DSS replacement dwelling actually occupied by the displaced person.
(b) Base monthly rental for displacement dwelling. The base monthly rental for the displacement dwelling is the lesser of:
(i) The average monthly cost for rent and utilities at the displacement dwelling for a reasonable period prior to displacement, as determined by the agency. (For an owner-occupant, use the fair market rent for the displacement dwelling. For a tenant who paid little or no rent for the displacement dwelling, use the fair market rent, unless its use would result in a hardship because of the person's income or other circumstances); or
(ii) Thirty percent of the person's average gross household income. If the amount is classified as "low income" by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Annual Survey of Income Limits for the Public Housing and Section 8 Programs*. The base monthly rental shall be established solely on the criteria in (b)(i) of this subsection for persons with income exceeding the survey's "low income" limits, for persons refusing to provide appropriate evidence of income, and for persons who are dependents. A full time student or resident of an institution may be assumed to be a dependent, unless the person demonstrates otherwise; or
 
*The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Public Housing and Section 8 Program Income Limits are updated annually and are available on FHWA's web site at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/realestate/us/ualic.htm
(iii) The total of the amounts designated for shelter and utilities if receiving a welfare assistance payment from a program that designates the amounts for shelter and utilities.
(c) Manner of disbursement: A rental assistance payment may, at the agency's discretion, be disbursed in either a lump sum or in installments. However, except as limited by WAC 468-100-403(6), the full amount vests immediately, whether or not there is any later change in the person's income or rent, or in the condition or location of the person's housing.
(3) Downpayment assistance payment:
(a) Amount of payment: An eligible displaced person who purchases a replacement dwelling is entitled to a downpayment assistance payment in the amount the person would receive under subsection (2) of this section if the person rented a comparable replacement dwelling. At the discretion of the agency, a downpayment assistance payment that is less than five thousand two hundred fifty dollars may be increased to any amount not to exceed five thousand two hundred fifty dollars. However, the payment to a displaced homeowner shall not exceed the amount the owner would receive under WAC 468-100-401(2) if he or she met the one hundred eighty-day occupancy requirement. An agency's discretion to provide the maximum payment shall be exercised in a uniform and consistent manner, so that eligible displaced persons in like circumstances are treated equally. A displaced person eligible to receive a payment as a one hundred eighty-day owner-occupant under WAC 468-100-401(1) is not eligible for this payment.
(b) Application of payment: The full amount of the replacement housing payment for downpayment assistance must be applied to the purchase price of the replacement dwelling and related incidental expenses.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 8.26 RCW. WSR 06-02-068, § 468-100-402, filed 1/3/06, effective 2/3/06; WSR 89-17-048 (Order 121), § 468-100-402, filed 8/14/89, effective 9/14/89.]
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