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Can I change the date my rent is due?

You can now ask your landlord to change the date your rent is due. Learn why you might want to do this, and how to do it. #6343EN

My landlord enters my rental unit without my permission

Find out what you can do if your landlord comes in and out of the rental unit, without written notice or asking permission. #6325EN

My landlord locked me out

Find what you can do if you got locked out even if you had no intention of moving. #6316EN

Tenants' Rights: Moving Out

If you are a tenant thinking about moving out of your rental, know your rights and responsibilities. #6371EN

My landlord shut off my utilities!

Find out what you can do if your landlord just shut off your utilities to try to force you to move. #6318EN

Public Utilities

General information about your rights when dealing with public utilities. #0700EN

I need to respond to an eviction lawsuit as soon as possible

If you got legal papers from your landlord called a Summons and Complaint for Unlawful Detainer, read this and try to talk to a lawyer right away. #6309EN

How do I sue in Small Claims Court?

In Small Claims Court, you can sue for up to $10,000. This is meant to be a quick, cheap way to resolve a dispute you could not otherwise settle. It is not complicated. Lawyers generally cannot take part. There are no juries, motions or objections. There is only a small charge for filing a lawsuit. You can get a trial date much sooner than in other courts. Most trials last about 20 minutes. #9940EN

Getting your stuff back

You should read this if someone else has property that is yours and you want to get it back. This may have happened because someone took something of yours without your permission or because you let someone borrow something, but they refused to return it. #6312EN

My landlord has not paid their water bill

If you live in a manufactured housing community AND are facing water shut-off because the park owner has not paid their water bill, find out what to do to protect yourself and learn what your legal rights are. #6518EN

My former landlord says I owe damages

It is important to dispute in writing damages you are not responsible for. Sample letters to the landlord included. #6372EN

Getting Your Security Deposit Back

Advice and instructions on how to get your security deposit back from your landlord. Learn the difference between damages the landlord can charge you for versus normal wear and tear. Includes forms you can use. #6370EN

Can I change the date my rent is due?

You can now ask your landlord to change the date your rent is due. Learn why you might want to do this, and how to do it. #6343EN

I need to respond to an eviction lawsuit as soon as possible

If you got legal papers from your landlord called a Summons and Complaint for Unlawful Detainer, read this and try to talk to a lawyer right away. #6309EN

When does my landlord have to give me a 30-day Notice to Evict instead of a shorter period of time?

If you live in a building in Washington State that has a government subsidy or a federally backed mortgage, read this. #6160EN

Can I change the date my rent is due?

You can now ask your landlord to change the date your rent is due. Learn why you might want to do this, and how to do it. #6343EN

Tenants' Rights: Moving Out

If you are a tenant thinking about moving out of your rental, know your rights and responsibilities. #6371EN

My former landlord says I owe damages

It is important to dispute in writing damages you are not responsible for. Sample letters to the landlord included. #6372EN

Getting Your Security Deposit Back

Advice and instructions on how to get your security deposit back from your landlord. Learn the difference between damages the landlord can charge you for versus normal wear and tear. Includes forms you can use. #6370EN

Can I change the date my rent is due?

You can now ask your landlord to change the date your rent is due. Learn why you might want to do this, and how to do it. #6343EN

My landlord enters my rental unit without my permission

Find out what you can do if your landlord comes in and out of the rental unit, without written notice or asking permission. #6325EN

My landlord locked me out

Find what you can do if you got locked out even if you had no intention of moving. #6316EN

My landlord shut off my utilities!

Find out what you can do if your landlord just shut off your utilities to try to force you to move. #6318EN

Getting your stuff back

You should read this if someone else has property that is yours and you want to get it back. This may have happened because someone took something of yours without your permission or because you let someone borrow something, but they refused to return it. #6312EN

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