Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

The Attorney General’s Office does not handle complaints about issues relating to the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act.  Here is a list of resources that may assist you with residential landlord/tenant issues:

Help for Tenants:

  • Self Help Brochure
  •  Lawyer Referral
    •  If you need low cost legal assistance, contact the Washington State Bar Association, or your county bar association and ask about its lawyer referral program.
  • Statewide Legal Services for Tenants
  • Solid Ground Tenant Counseling & Education
              Tenant Services Line
              10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wednesday
              (206) 694-6767
  • Complaints and Inquiries about Housing Codes:
    •  Call your local city or county zoning or building departments
  • Low Income Housing:
    • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
        909 First Avenue, Suite 190
        Seattle, WA 98104
        (206) 220-5205
        Website
  • Senior Housing Issues:
  • Housing Discrimination:
    • Washington State Human Rights Commission
        1511 Third Ave.
        Suite 921
        Seattle, WA 98101
        (206) 464-6500
        Toll-free: 1-800-233-3247
        Website
    • Also, contact your city or county Human Rights or Civil Rights agency.

Resources for Rental Housing Landlords :

The Rental Housing Association of Washington  provides advocacy and education services for roughly 5,000 rental housing owners--ranging from single family homes to multifamily communities. They also provide information for tenants. Based in Seattle, they can be reached toll-free at 1-800-335-2990.

 

Information about Small Claims Court:

To recover money for an amount up to $5,000.

 

A number of local agencies offer landlord-tenant information.

King County:
King County Bar Association Housing Justice Project
(206) 267-7090
Website

The Tenants Union
(206) 723-0500
www.tenantsunion.org

Seattle Office of Housing
(206) 684-2489
http://www.seattle.gov/html/citizen/renting.htm

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

Pierce County:
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
Volunteer Legal Service Program
Tacoma-Pierce County Housing Justice Project
Website

Skagit County:
Skagit Community Action Agency
Volunteer Lawyer Program for eligible low-income residents
(888) 201-1014 (CLEAR) to determine eligibility
(360) 416-7585 for questions
Email: VLP@communityactionskagit.org

Whatcom County:
Whatcom County Opportunity Council
(360) 734-5121 From Bellingham
(360) 384-1470 County-Wide
www.oppco.org

LAW Advocates
(888) 201-1014 To determine eligibility
(360) 671-6079 for appointments
Telephone only, no walk-ins
www.lawadvocates.org

Yakima:
Office of Neighborhood Development Services
(509) 575-6101
www.yakimawa.gov/services/neighborhood-development-services

 

There are a number of local organizations that offer dispute resolution services:

City of Bellevue:
Bellevue Neighborhood Mediation Program
(425) 452-4091
Website

Clark County:
Community Mediation Services
360) 334-5862
Website

Island County:
Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties
1-800-280-4770
Website

King County:
King County Dispute Resolution Center
(206) 443-9603
www.kcdrc.org

Lewis County:
Community Mediation Center of Lewis County
(360) 748-0492
http://cmclc.org/

Pierce County:
Dispute Resolution Center of Pierce County
(253) 572-3657
www.pccdr.org

Skagit County:
Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties
(360) 542-8487
Website

Snohomish County:
Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties
(425) 339-1335
Website

Spokane:
Northwest Mediation Center
(509) 456-0103
www.nwmediationcenter.com

Thurston County:
Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County
(360) 956-1155
www.mediatethurston.org

 

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