The Landlord-Tenant program provides information and referrals to landlords and tenants to resolve disputes that arise under the Washington State Residential Landlord-Tenant Act. The service is free and available to both property owners, property managers, and tenants within the Tacoma City limits. Information about contacting the program for help, including the telephone number, email address, walk-in hours, and online intake form is available on this webpage.
The Fair Housing Center of Washington works to address and prevent housing discrimination in western and central Washington. It investigates complaints of housing discrimination and provides assistance to people with disabilities in requesting reasonable accommodations and modifications in rental housing. The website has information on topics including fair housing, reasonable accommodations and modifications, service animals, tenant-on-tenant harassment, and contact information for filing a complaint or requesting help with a reasonable accommodation.
The King County Office of Civil Rights investigates and resolves complaints of violations of the King County Fair Housing Ordinance, which prohibits unfair practices in the rental, sale or financing of housing because of a person’s disability. This office has jurisdiction only when the housing is located in unincorporated King County, or when the King County government is the housing provider.
Information about how to file a discrimination complaint with the King County Office of Civil Rights, including a link to the online complaint form, and what happens after a complaint is filed can be found here. Information in Spanish is also available here.
The Department of Commerce, Foreclosure Fairness Program provides free housing counseling, civil legal aid, and foreclosure mediation to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. The website has information about these services as well short videos and links to topics including the foreclosure process, prevention, and mortgage scams and fraud. Individuals may speak to a foreclosure prevention counselor for free anytime by calling 1-877-894-HOME(4663).
This Legal Voice publication is a comprehensive quick-reference guide on a wide range of legal issues affecting Washington seniors, including health care, finances, housing, elder abuse, and discrimination.
A project of the Washington State Bar Association and the Northwest Justice Project, the Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project provides free legal assistance to low- and moderate-income homeowners. Contact information an resources on foreclosure issues, mediation, and more is available at the website.
The King County Bar Association, Housing Justice Project is a volunteer-based legal clinic that provides free legal services, including advice, negotiation, and limited representation, for low-income residential tenants in King County who are facing eviction. Services are available in-person at the King County Courthouse in Seattle, and at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. For information in Spanish, call (206) 267-7090.
The Kitsap Legal Services Housing Justice Project helps residential tenants who live in Kitsap County and are facing eviction. Volunteer attorneys may provide free advice, help drafting paperwork, negotiating with landlords, and representation at eviction hearings. Housing Justice Project Services are limited, but may be available at the Kitsap County Superior Courthouse on Friday mornings before 10 a.m.
The Skagit County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Program provides free legal assistance to low-income renters in Skagit County. Call CLEAR for an intake and referral, at 1-888-201-1014, Monday through Friday, from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Snohomish County Legal Services’ Housing Justice Project assists low income people facing eviction who are particularly vulnerable to becoming homeless. Volunteer attorneys may help tenants identify eviction defenses, negotiate with landlords, preserve public housing benefits, prepare for show cause hearings, and in some cases provide direct representation. Volunteer attorneys are available at the Snohomish County courthouse Tuesday through Friday.
On Monday through Thursday afternoons, this volunteer clinic provides legal advice to individuals about a variety of housing-related issues, including rental agreements, repairs, foreclosure, deposits, and eviction, over the phone and by email. Low-income tenants facing eviction may get in-person advice or limited representation. No appointment is necessary for renters with eviction hearings scheduled on Monday through Thursday.
Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services operates this volunteer-based program that serves low-income renters. Volunteer attorneys may be available to represent tenants facing eviction on Friday mornings at Thurston County Superior Court. The Housing Justice Project also operates a separate legal clinic for low-income renters with tenant-landlord issues who have not yet been threatened with eviction.
This courthouse-based, free legal clinic serves low-income renters who are in danger of losing their homes due to circumstances including eviction, mobile home park closure, landlord foreclosure, and illegal leases. Individuals may recieve services on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Washington State Bar Association, Moderate Means Program connects clients who are middle-income earners with lawyers who offer housing legal assistance at a reduced cost on issues including rental housing, landlords, evictions, repairs, and unfair denials of housing. Income qualifications apply.
Northwest Access Fund, formerly known as Washington Access Fund, provides funding for people with disabilities to purchase assistive technology and achieve greater independence through loans and Individual Development Accounts, and lists additional outside resources for securing assistive technology for augmentative communication, home and vehicle modifications, and more. See the website for more information about eligibility and how to apply.
The Northwest Fair Housing Alliance is a non-profit organization that works to address and prevent housing discrimination in eastern and central Washington. Northwest Fair Housing Alliance provides customized training to housing providers and consumers, and assists individuals with housing discrimination complaints. The website has information on topics such as reasonable accommodations and modifications, service animals, housing design and construction, and fair lending.
CLEAR is the statewide intake line for free and low-cost civil legal aid in Washington. Individuals with low incomes and legal issues may receive legal resources, information, and referrals to legal services providers in their geographic area. In King County, individuals may access these services by calling 2-1-1. Otherwise, individuals may reach CLEAR by calling 1-888-201-1014, or use the online intake form on the website. Seniors (people age 60 and over) can access intake by calling CLEAR*Sr at 1-888-387-7111. Veterans may dial 1-855-657-8387.
This PDF publication by the Fair Housing Partners of Washington State is intended to help housing providers respond to reasonable accommodation and modification requests from rental residents. However, it contains useful information on issues such as accessible parking, service animals, and relay services that may be helpful to residents with disabilities.
The Seattle Office for Civil Rights enforces housing discrimination laws in the City of Seattle. The website has basic information on discrimination, harassment and retaliation. A person may ask a question or file a discrimination complaint by visiting the website, or by calling (206) 684-4500.
Solid Ground is a non-profit organization that works against barriers to stability for low-income people. Solid Ground provides tenant counseling, mortgage counseling, reverse mortgage counseling, transitional housing, some rental assistance, and educational workshops. The website also has information on tenants and homeowners’ rights.
Tenants Union of Washington State advocates for housing justice and maintains a website with publications on tenant rights, including fair housing, eviction, repairs, privacy, and deposits, and runs a Tenants Rights Hotline, which can be reached by calling (206) 723-0500. Some information on the website is also available in Spanish and other languages.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the federal agency that enforces the Fair Housing Act, a federal law that prohibits disability discrimination in housing. HUD’s website has information on housing discrimination, reasonable accommodations and modifications, service animals, and HUD’s complaint process. It also has information on fair lending, rental assistance, and the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8).
Information about how to file a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including a link to the online complaint form, and what happens after a complaint is filed can be found here. Information in Spanish is also available here.
This Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) page includes links to information on housing assistance programs and other resources, including cash assistance, and listings of assisted living facilities and other specialized housing.
The Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC) is the state agency responsible for enforcing the Washington Law Against Discrimination, which prohibits disability discrimination in housing. Its website has information for housing professionals, current and future homeowners, and renters on topics such as reasonable accommodations, fairness in mortgage lending, and new construction design standards. The WSHRC also accepts and investigates complaints of housing discrimination.
Information about how to file a discrimination complaint with the Washington State Human Rights Commission, including a link to the online complaint form can be found here. Information in Spanish is also available here. Discrimination \ can be reported by calling 1-800-233-3247 or 1-800-300-7525 (TTY).
The Yakima Office of Neighborhood Development Services administers grants for qualifying people with disabilities to pay for home repairs and exterior paint. Applicants must meet certain income qualifications. Emergency home repair services may be available.