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Residential Landlord-Tenant Resources & Links

If you rent your home you are covered by the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RCW 59.18).  The Attorney General's Office is prohibited from acting as a private attorney on individual residential landlord-tenant complaints following a 1985 court decision (State v. Schwab) of the Washington Supreme Court.  

However, another court case (Ethridge v. Hwang, 2001 Appellate Court) held that the Consumer Protection Act does apply to mobile/manufactured home tenancies.   Therefore, the Attorney General’s Office does accept and attempt to resolve disputes concerning tenancies from individuals who are mobile/manufactured home owners and are renting space for their homes in a mobile/manufactured home park.  If this applies to you contact Manufactured Housing Dispute Resolution Program  at (866) WAG-MHLTA (1-866-924-6458) or file a complaint

If your landlord-tenant issue demands immediate legal action, you may want to seek Landlord Tenant resources for legal advice, mediation or Small Claims Court (for claims under $5,000 - no attorney necessary). If your complaint involves more than $5,000, you may wish to seek a private attorney.  

Below, please find some resources that may assist you with residential landlord/tenant issues:

Help for Tenants:

  • Self Help Brochure
     
  •  Lawyer Referral
    •  If you need low cost legal assistance, contact the Washington State Bar Association, or your county bar association and ask about its lawyer referral program.
     
  • Statewide Legal Services for Tenants
     
  • Solid Ground Tenant Counseling & Education
      (206) 694-6767, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays
  • Complaints and Inquiries about Housing Codes:
    •  Call your local city or county zoning or building departments
     
  • Low Income Housing:
    • Department of Housing and Urban Development
        909 First Avenue, Suite 190
        Seattle, WA 98104
        (206) 220-5205
        www.hud.gov
     
  • Senior Housing Issues:
     
  • Complaints About Discrimination:
    • Washington State Human Rights Commission
        1511 Third Ave.
        Suite 921
        Seattle, WA 98101
        (206) 464-6500
        Toll-free: 1-800-233-3247
        www.hum.wa.gov
    • Also, contact your local Human Rights Commission or Housing Department.
     

Help for Rental Housing Owners:

The Rental Housing Association of Washington  provides advocacy and education services for roughly 5,000 rental housing owners--ranging from single family homes to multifamily communities. They also provide information for tenants. Based in Seattle, they can be reached toll-free at 1-800-335-2990.

A number of local agencies offer landlord-tenant information. Some also aid in settling disputes.

Benton-Franklin Counties:
Benton-Franklin Community Action Committee
(509) 545-4042
www.bfcac.org

Kennewick:
Columbia Basin Apartment Association
(509) 783-1800
Email: gstack@owt.com

Clark County:
Community Mediation Center
(360) 619-1151
Email:  kevin.carlisle@ci.vancouver.wa.us
www.cityofvancouver.us

Island County:
Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties
1-800-280-4770
http://www.voaww.org/Get-Help/Dispute-Resolution-Services/LandlordTenant-Services

King County:
King County Bar Association Housing Justice Project
(206) 267-7090
www.kcba.org

Bellevue Neighborhood Mediation Program
(425) 452-4091
www.cityofbellevue.org

King County Dispute Resolution Center
(206) 443-9603
www.kcdrc.org

The Tenants Union
(206) 723-0500
www.tenantsunion.org

Seattle Office of Housing
(206) 684-2489
http://www.seattle.gov/html/citizen/renting.htm

Legal Action Center
(206) 324-6890

Pierce County:
Dispute Resolution Center of Pierce County
(253) 572-3657

Skagit County:
Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties
1-800-280-4770
http://www.voaww.org/Get-Help/Dispute-Resolution-Services/LandlordTenant-Services

Skagit Community Action Agency
Volunteer Lawyer Program for eligible low-income residents
(888) 201-1014 To determine eligibility
(360) 416-7585 for questions
Email: VLP@skagitcap.org

Snohomish County:
Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties
(425) 339-1335
http://www.voaww.org/Get-Help/Dispute-Resolution-Services/LandlordTenant-Services

Spokane:
Inland Mediation Center
(509) 456-0103

Northwest Mediation Center
(509) 456-0103

Thurston County:
Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County
(360) 956-1155
www.mediatethurston.org

Whatcom County:
Whatcom County Opportunity Council
(360) 734-5121 From Bellingham
(360) 384-1470 County-Wide
www.oppco.org

LAW Advocates
(888) 201-1014 To determine eligibility
(360) 671-6079 for appointments
Telephone only, no walk-ins

Yakima:
Housing Service Center
(509) 575-6101

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