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Residential Landlord Tenant Act

Residential Landlord Tenant Act

Title 59




Various federal, state and local laws and ordinances protect housing rights. The Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 makes it illegal for a landlord to discriminate because of a person's race, sex, national origin or religion. Some local laws forbid discrimination against unmarried persons, children, homosexuals, disabled persons or others.

The Landlord-Tenant Act describes the rights and responsibilities of both a renter and a landlord.  The legislation was first approved in 1989, and has been updated to reflect changes in Washington State. 

Read the entire Residential Landlord Tenant Act

Washington State has a Residential Landlord-Tenant Act which defines the minimum duties of landlords and tenants of residential dwellings. The Washington State Bar Association has developed a pamphlet to help explain this Act.  Click the logo to view this pamphlet. 


The Consumer Protection Division of Attorney General of Washington has developed a website with information on a renter's (and landlord's) rights and responsibilities.   Included on this website is a check-list that can be used when first moving into a rental unit.  REMEMBER: The Landlord Tenant-Act is complicated legislation.  For specific information, please contact an attorney.

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Click here to access the Attorney General of Washington's website


The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) offers a Renter's Kit for individuals who are looking for an apartment. It includes information about: your rights and responsibilities, tools to help you figure out how much you can afford, renter's insurance, and tips for apartment hunting. HUD's Renter's Kit.

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