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Can my landlord raise my rent? By how much?

State law lets your landlord raise the rent if they give you enough notice about it. Get the details here. #6342EN

New Washington State Law: Landlords must give a "good" reason to end a tenancy or not renew a lease

Find out about a new law that requires landlords to evict or refuse to renew a rental agreement for specific reasons only. #6345EN and #6346EN.

Landlord-Tenant Issues for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Learn about how the law can protect you if you are a tenant AND a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, unlawful harassment or stalking. #6304EN

Tenants are Protected from Discrimination Based on Source of Income

Find out how makes it is illegal for landlords in Washington state to discriminate against tenants and would-be tenants based on their source of income, and what you can do if it happens to you. #6323EN

Tenants can now pay most move-in costs in installments

State law now lets tenants pay certain move-in costs on a payment plan. #6344EN

Tenants’ rights: The place I’m living in has been condemned

Find out your options if your landlord has been notified that your rental home will be condemned or will be unlawful to occupy. #6384EN

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

2022 Changes to Washington State’s laws affecting tenants

Two new laws affecting tenants in Washington State went into effect in June, 2022. Landlords cannot require tenants to pay electronically (they must accept checks and money orders for rent). Also, landlords may offer tenants the option to pay a monthly fee instead of a security deposit before moving in. #6317EN

Did my landlord illegally end my tenancy or evict me and what can I do about it?

New Washington state law expands on what a wrongful eviction is and makes clear that a court can hold a landlord liable to a tenant in such cases. #6906EN

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

I live in a manufactured/mobile home park. Can the park owner/landlord change the park rules?

If you own your mobile home but rent the space it sits on, learn more about mobile/manufactured home park rules and whether/when/how the landlord can change them. #6514EN

I live in a motel or hotel. The owner is threatening to kick me out!

For anyone who’s been living in a motel or hotel since the pandemic started in March 2020. #6902EN

New Washington State law: Eviction Resolution Pilot Programs (ERPPs) and right to an attorney for tenants

Find out about a new law that establishes mediation for those behind on rent because of COVID-19 and find more information the right to a free lawyer for low-income tenants facing eviction. #6347EN

What are my rights in transitional housing?

Find out when you can be evicted from and other information about transitional housing programs. #6904EN

I’ve moved out. 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

Tenants can now pay most move-in costs in installments

State law now lets tenants pay certain move-in costs on a payment plan. #6344EN

2022 Changes to Washington State’s laws affecting tenants

Two new laws affecting tenants in Washington State went into effect in June, 2022. Landlords cannot require tenants to pay electronically (they must accept checks and money orders for rent). Also, landlords may offer tenants the option to pay a monthly fee instead of a security deposit before moving in. #6317EN

Can my landlord raise my rent? By how much?

State law lets your landlord raise the rent if they give you enough notice about it. Get the details here. #6342EN

New Washington State Law: Landlords must give a "good" reason to end a tenancy or not renew a lease

Find out about a new law that requires landlords to evict or refuse to renew a rental agreement for specific reasons only. #6345EN and #6346EN.

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

Did my landlord illegally end my tenancy or evict me and what can I do about it?

New Washington state law expands on what a wrongful eviction is and makes clear that a court can hold a landlord liable to a tenant in such cases. #6906EN

Missing payments of late fees cannot lead to eviction

Tenants may owe late fees and other kinds of charges but cannot be evicted for not paying them if they are not "rent" or certain recurring, regular charges. #6341EN

New Washington State law: Eviction Resolution Pilot Programs (ERPPs) and right to an attorney for tenants

Find out about a new law that establishes mediation for those behind on rent because of COVID-19 and find more information the right to a free lawyer for low-income tenants facing eviction. #6347EN

New Washington State Law: Landlords must give a "good" reason to end a tenancy or not renew a lease

Find out about a new law that requires landlords to evict or refuse to renew a rental agreement for specific reasons only. #6345EN and #6346EN.

Did my landlord illegally end my tenancy or evict me and what can I do about it?

New Washington state law expands on what a wrongful eviction is and makes clear that a court can hold a landlord liable to a tenant in such cases. #6906EN

Missing payments of late fees cannot lead to eviction

Tenants may owe late fees and other kinds of charges but cannot be evicted for not paying them if they are not "rent" or certain recurring, regular charges. #6341EN

What are my rights in transitional housing?

Find out when you can be evicted from and other information about transitional housing programs. #6904EN

New Washington State law: Eviction Resolution Pilot Programs (ERPPs) and right to an attorney for tenants

Find out about a new law that establishes mediation for those behind on rent because of COVID-19 and find more information the right to a free lawyer for low-income tenants facing eviction. #6347EN

Tenants are Protected from Discrimination Based on Source of Income

Find out how makes it is illegal for landlords in Washington state to discriminate against tenants and would-be tenants based on their source of income, and what you can do if it happens to you. #6323EN

Tenants can now pay most move-in costs in installments

State law now lets tenants pay certain move-in costs on a payment plan. #6344EN

2022 Changes to Washington State’s laws affecting tenants

Two new laws affecting tenants in Washington State went into effect in June, 2022. Landlords cannot require tenants to pay electronically (they must accept checks and money orders for rent). Also, landlords may offer tenants the option to pay a monthly fee instead of a security deposit before moving in. #6317EN

Landlord-Tenant Issues for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Learn about how the law can protect you if you are a tenant AND a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, unlawful harassment or stalking. #6304EN

I’ve moved out. 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

Can my landlord raise my rent? By how much?

State law lets your landlord raise the rent if they give you enough notice about it. Get the details here. #6342EN

Landlord-Tenant Issues for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Learn about how the law can protect you if you are a tenant AND a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, unlawful harassment or stalking. #6304EN

Tenants are Protected from Discrimination Based on Source of Income

Find out how makes it is illegal for landlords in Washington state to discriminate against tenants and would-be tenants based on their source of income, and what you can do if it happens to you. #6323EN

Tenants’ rights: The place I’m living in has been condemned

Find out your options if your landlord has been notified that your rental home will be condemned or will be unlawful to occupy. #6384EN

Did my landlord illegally end my tenancy or evict me and what can I do about it?

New Washington state law expands on what a wrongful eviction is and makes clear that a court can hold a landlord liable to a tenant in such cases. #6906EN

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

How to fight a denial or termination of eligibility for the Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) referral program for medical reasons

Learn more about this program, which provides non-cash help for people who are unable to work. Publication #7813EN

What are my rights in transitional housing?

Find out when you can be evicted from and other information about transitional housing programs. #6904EN

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