Leaving the nest is a thrilling thought. Although you may be looking forward to the freedom that living on your own affords, you must also pay a high price for your freedom in the form of rent and responsibilities.
Knowing the rules of the game can make a big difference for your wallet and your quality of life. Understanding your rights and responsibilities when signing a lease or rental agreement can limit your headaches after you move in. You may also need information on roommate or landlord conflict resolution, annual rent increases, or other items that may pop up.
If you are ready to move out, make sure you check out the resources listed below in order to properly prepare for your new adventure:
- Northwest Justice Project's "Your Rights as a Tenant in Washington"
- Solid Ground operates a statewide hotline and offers multiple resources for tenants
- Tenants Union of Washington State
Hotline for low-income tenants (206) 723-0500
Mondays & Wednesdays 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursdays 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- Washington Law Help (multiple resources)
- If you need find a lawyer, contact your county bar association and ask about its lawyer referral program.
- You can also visit the Washington State Bar Association's attorney directory to find a licensed attorney near you.
- Northwest Justice Project™ (NJP) Coordinated Legal Education Advice and Referral Service (CLEAR) provides information, advice & referral for low-income people and seniors
Dial "211" in King County
1-888-201-1014 outside of King County
1-888-387-7111 for Seniors
Mondays-Fridays 9:15 AM-12:15 PM
- Department of Housing and Urban Development
909 First Avenue, Suite 190
Seattle, WA 98104
- Washington State Human Rights Commission
1511 Third Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
- Also, contact your local Human Rights Commission or Housing Department
- Call your local city or county zoning or building departments