Rental Rights and Responsibilities

As a renter you have rights and responsibilities. To avoid problems, be sure to know what is expected of you - and what you can expect in return.

Most people who rent a place to live are covered under Washington State's Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RCW 59.18). This is a complicated law.

The Attorney General's Office gives some basic information about this act to help with questions. These are a few topics covered on the site:


Attorney General's Office, Landlord-Tenant - provides general information about the state's Residential Landlord-Tenant Act.

US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, HUD in Washington State - HUD is the nation's housing agency that works to increase homeownership and create affordable housing for low-income Americans.