Washington

Eviction

Legal Information

Housing

In this section of Washington LawHelp you will find general information, resources and self-help packets on eviction issues in Washington state. If you are being evicted, START HERE.

  • Video - I Got an Eviction Notice! Tenants & Landlords in Washington State

    This video explains different kinds of termination notices and the court eviction process in Washington. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Eviction and Your Defense

    6310EN - Landlords have to follow certain rules when they want a tenant to move out. This packet explains the reasons why landlords can evict tenants and how the eviction process works. It tells you what you should do if your landlord tries to evict you. It will also help you defend yourself in court against an eviction if you cannot get a lawyer to represent you. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
    Russian / Pусский
  • My Landlord Locked Me Out: What Can I Do?

    6316EN - Read this publication if you rent an apartment or house and your landlord changed the locks so that you cannot get into your place and you had no plans to move. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Vacating a Judgment and Staying Enforcement of a Writ of Restitution

    6314EN - If you receive a judgment or a writ of restitution and you believe you had a good reason for not responding to the eviction summons or appearing at the show cause hearing, you may ask the court to vacate (or withdraw) the judgment and stay (or temporarily stop) the eviction. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Public and Subsidized Housing: What Happens If I Do Not Pay the Rent?

    6104EN - As a tenant who lives in public housing or a federally subsidized apartment complex, you have greater protection against eviction than most other kinds of tenants. But these rights are limited. If you fail to pay your rent, in most cases you can be evicted. This publication briefly goes over how to avoid eviction for nonpayment of rent. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Public Housing Evictions

    6102EN - As a public housing tenant, you have greater protection against evictions than most other tenants do. You have these protections because if you are evicted from public housing, you will lose your federal housing subsidy, often worth hundreds of dollars per month. This publication briefly explains what you should do when the Housing Authority tries to evict you from public housing. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Section 515: Rural Rental Housing Evictions

    6120EN - If you are a tenant in an apartment complex financed by the Rural Housing Service (RHS) (formerly the Farmers Home Administration or FHA), you have greater protection against evictions than some other tenants. You may also be paying less than market rent for your apartment. If your landlord evicts you from this housing, you may lose your federal housing assistance. This publication briefly describes what you can do to avoid an eviction. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Public Housing Grievance Procedure

    6105EN - As a public housing tenant, you have the right to appeal many decisions or actions taken by the Housing Authority through its administrative Public Housing Grievance Procedure. Every Housing Authority is required by federal law to adopt a written public housing grievance procedure. A copy of the agency's grievance procedure should be posted in their office and available upon request. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Tenant Grievance and Appeals Procedure

    6119EN - As a tenant living in an apartment complex financed by the Rural Housing Service (formerly the Farmers Home Administration), you have the right to appeal many decisions you disagree with that are made by your landlord through the agency's tenant grievance and appeals procedure. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • I am a Tenant Living in a Foreclosed Property. What are My Rights?

    6122EN - If you rent your home, and your home was sold at a foreclosure sale, the new owner must give you 60 days’ written notice to vacate before evicting you. You must still honor the obligations of your lease or rental agreement during this 60-day time period. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
    Laotian / ພາສາລາວ
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
    Chinese / 中文
  • Evictions: General Information

    This guide is intended to give an overview of the eviction process and provide some context for renters as to how evictions can play out in Washington courts. Read More

    By:
    Solid Ground
  • HUD Housing Evictions

    6103EN - As a tenant living in an apartment complex where the landlord has a contract with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), you have more protection against evictions than most other tenants. This publication briefly explains your rights and the steps you can take to avoid an eviction. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Video - Help for Domestic Violence Victims Living in Federally Subsidized or Public Housing

    Watch this video to learn your rights under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) if you live in federally subsidized housing or have a Section 8 voucher. This video covers federal laws, so the information is true no matter what state you live in. Read More

    By:
    Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • What Can I do About an Eviction on my Record?

    6305EN - When an attorney says you have an eviction on your record, they generally mean that your name appears in the public Washington State court record as a defendant in an unlawful detainer lawsuit. Landlords may also report to and refer to private services or credit reporting agencies. This packet does not cover those, just the court record. Read More

    By:
    KCBA Housing Justice Project