Tenant Information

Have questions about your rights as a tenant? 

TENANT RIGHTS AND THE LAW
WA State Residential Landlord Tenant Act:
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=59.18

Tenant Rights

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.

Tenant Responsibilities

Under theLandlord-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.