Landlord and Tenant Issues

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Rights of All Tenants

  • Right to a livable dwelling
  • Protection from unlawful discrimination
  • Right to hold the landlord liable for damage caused by the landlord's negligence
  • Protection against lockouts and seizure of personal property by the landlord

The City of Kent offers a Guide to Landlord and Tenant Issues (327KB PDF) brochure as a resource tool for tenants. 

More Information about Landlord-Tenant Issues

Washington State's Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RCW 59.18) is a lengthy and complicated law which continues to be interpreted by the courts. It is recommended that individuals contact an attorney when dealing with specific landlord-tenant questions.

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) offers a Renter's Kit for individuals who are looking for an apartment. It includes information about: your rights and responsibilities, tools to help you figure out how much you can afford, renter's insurance, and tips for apartment hunting. HUD's Renter's Kit.

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