Did you know that the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act governs issues related to the lease of rental properties? This means that both property owners and tenants have specific rights and responsibilities under Washington State Law.
The following are great resources for understanding your role as a landlord or tenant; gathering information related to low income, disabled, or senior housing resources; or identifying local contacts who are knowledgable about the Landlord-Tenant Act:
Tenants Union of Washington State provides tenants with information about housing searches, rental agreements, repairs, privacy, roommates and neighbors, and utilities.
The Rental Housing Association of Washington offers abundant resources for landlords interested in filling a vacant property, as well as for tenants interested in renting.
Within Whitman County, the Whitman County Landlord-Tenant Association aims to advance the rental industry, uniting property owners with tenants. With a full membership list and regular meetings, the WCLTA is a great resource for landlords or tenants with questions about the laws that govern the rental industry.
Information regarding low income housing, senior housing, and reasonable accomodations for residents with disabilities is available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Washington State University Office of the Dean of Students offers an Off-Campus Housing Guide with useful tips for budgeting, setting up utility accounts, protecting your deposits, and more.
Be sure to also check out this Tenant Information Brochure, produced by the Northwest Justice Project.