Renter Resources

Are you a renter?
Do you know your responsibilities & rights?
Do you need help?

If so, here are a few key resources:

The Tenants Union website offers a lot of information, as well as legal resources, for renters.  If you are a renter and you need guidance but find yourself overwhelmed, call the Tenants Rights Hotline: 206-723-0500

The Tenants Union offers Tenants Rights Counseling:

“The Tenant Education Program helps tenants get the knowledge and skills to keep themselves and their families safely housed. The TU provides empowerment-based tenant counseling, education and assistance to help tenants learn their rights and take action to resolve housing problems. Trained non-attorney Tenant Counselors offer free phone and walk-in tenant counseling services to assist people with questions about landlord-tenant laws and discuss strategies to prevent housing loss.”

The Tenants Union website also provides:

Here are a few other resources for help with housing:

  • Seattle Laws on Property & Tenant Rights & Responsibilities  (206) 615-0808
  • Reporting a problem to Seattle DCI
    • Tenants may report the problem to Seattle DCI if the owner or manager does not make a repair in a reasonable time. Write, call or go in person to Seattle DCI Code Compliance, located on the 19th floor of Seattle Municipal Tower at 700 Fifth Ave., in downtown Seattle, (206) 615-0808.
  • Advice from Tenants Boot Camp: Document your actions, as retribution is illegal.
  • King County 2-1-1  Call 211
    • At 2-1-1 we can help you get connected to all programs you are eligible for that offer help with rent, move-in cost, utilities and legal assistance. Families and individuals who are seeking emergency shelter or other housing resources should call 2-1-1 to be connected to all available resources, including an eligibility screening for the Coordinated Entry for All (CEA) assessment.
  • Solid Ground (206) 694-6767
    • Solid Ground believes that housing & family stability are foundational to ending poverty.  We help families keep or obtain housing & get support to overcome poverty & thrive.
  • Legal Action Center (206) 324-6890  
    • A part of Catholic Community Services, Legal Action Center offers legal advice and assistance for low-income Seattle renters facing eviction, repair problems, deposit loss, subsidy termination, lockouts and other issues.

Many of these Resources are also looking for Volunteers – if you are able and willing, please consider getting involved as well!

In 2017, after hearing from many Wallingford residents that they were facing or feared displacement due to substantial rent increases, we invited the Seattle Tenant’s Rights Boot Camp to Wallingford.  Devin Silvernail, Seattle Tenant’s Rights Boot Camp, and Maureen Roat, Senior Staff Attorney for the Legal Action Center, went over a lot of how the law works to protect renters and/or landlords, as well as where it does not.  The Wallyhood blog covered the evening in this article.

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