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Residential Landlord-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

File a complaint about building maintenance:

City of Kent Code Enforcement: (253) 856-5909 or by filing an online report (works best in Internet Explorer).

Help for Rental Housing Tenants

Housing Justice Project: A homelessness prevention program with volunteer-based legal services for low-income tenants in King County.

Northwest Justice Project: Washington's publicly funded legal aid program. 

Your Rights as a Tenant in Washington

Washington Law Help 

Solid Ground : Tenant Counseling & Education: (206) 694-6767

HUD's Renter's Kit : 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. 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Tenants Union of Washington State: (206) 723-0500

Washington State Human Rights Commission: (206) 464-6500

Catholic Community Services, Legal Action Center: (206) 324-6890

Help for Rental Housing Landlords

Rental Housing Association of Washington

Washington Landlord Association 


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