Have questions about your rights as a tenant?
TENANT RIGHTS AND THE LAW
WA State Residential Landlord Tenant Act:
The Tenants Union (Seattle Area)
Northwest Justice Project (legal help)
510 Larson Building
6 South Second Street
Yakima, WA 98902
(888) 201-1014 — Client intake line
Renters who are not covered by the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act do have these basic rights under other state laws:
• Right to a livable dwelling.
• Protection from unlawful discrimination.
• Right to hold the landlord liable for damage caused by the landlord's negligence.
• Protection against lockouts and seizure of personal property by the landlord.
Under the Landlord-Tenant Act, a tenant is required to:
• Pay rent, and any utilities agreed upon.
• Comply with any requirements of city, county or state regulations.
• Keep the rental unit clean and sanitary.
• Dispose of garbage properly.
• Pay for fumigation of infestations caused by the tenant.
• Properly operate plumbing, electrical and heating systems.
• Not intentionally or carelessly damage the dwelling.
• Not engage in or allow any gang-related activity.
• Not permit "waste" (substantial damage to the property) or "nuisance" (substantial interference with other tenants' use of their property).
• When moving out, restore the dwelling to the same condition as when the tenant moved in, except for normal wear and tear.