This course provides links to public resources which may be of interest to Tenants and Landlords. The list of resources are not exhaustive. The resources are intended to be on a state by state basis.
- Washington State 2-1-1: Also 206.461.3200, 1.800.621.4636 or 206.461.3610 for TTY/hearing impaired calls – Clearinghouse for all community resources, including rental assistance and low-income housing.
- City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD): 206.615.0808 – Code Enforcement Inspectors respond to tenant complaints regarding housing conditions and permits.
- Dispute Resolution Center of King County: 206.443.9603 – Trained mediators can assist tenants and landlords in resolving conflicts.
- Manufactured Housing Dispute Resolution Program: 866.924.6458 – Washington State Attorney General’s assistance for owners of mobile homes and manufactured housing to resolve disputes with landlords.
- Washington State Human Rights Commission: 800.233.3247 – Enforces the law against discrimination and investigates complaints regarding civil rights violations.
- Seattle Office for Civil Rights: 206.684.4500 – Enforces civil rights protections and investigates discrimination complaints for Seattle residents.
- King County Office of Civil Rights: 206.296.7592 – Fair Housing enforcement and information for tenants in unincorporated King County.
- Fair Housing Center of Washington: 888.766.8800 – Provides support and education for renters filing discrimination complaints or requesting reasonable accommodations from their landlords.
- King County Tax Assessor Parcel Viewer: 206.296.3850 – Find a mailing address for your landlord by looking up the property in the Tax Assessor database.
See our Legal Assistance Guide for information on the five primary ways to make legal assistance work for you in resolving landlord-tenant matters.
Some of the following resources are specific to King County. For resources in your area, see Washington State 2-1-1 (also 206.461.3200, 1.800.621.4636 or 206.461.3610 for TTY/hearing impaired calls).
- Washington LawHelp: www.walawhelp.org (an online resource; no phone) – Provides self-help legal information for renters, including detailed packets on repairs, deposits, Small Claims Court and the eviction process. Materials are created and updated by attorneys from the Northwest Justice Project.
- CLEAR Line Legal Help: 1.888.201.1014 – Northwest Justice Project’s free legal help and assistance over the phone for low-income Washington state residents. Open Mon–Fri, 9:15am–12:15pm.
- Housing Justice Project: 206.267.7090 – King County Bar Association’s walk-in legal information and assistance. Priority service for renters facing evictions only. Open Mon–Fri, 8–10:30am, in the King County Courthouse in Seattle and Kent Regional Justice Center. Seattle location also open Mon, 4–6pm.
- Legal Action Center: 206.324.6890 – A part of Catholic Community Services, Legal Action Center offers legal advice and assistance for low-income renters in King County who are facing eviction, repair problems, deposit loss, subsidy termination, lockouts and other issues.
- Volunteer Legal Services (VLS): 206.461.3200 – King County Bar Association’s pro bono lawyer referral service. Eligibility for VLS is screened through Washington State 2-1-1 (also 206.461.3200, 1.800.621.4636 or 206.461.3610 for TTY/hearing impaired calls).
- CLEAR*Senior Legal Help: 888.387.7111 – Northwest Justice Project’s free legal help and assistance for persons over 60 years of age of all income levels. Seniors can call the CLEAR Senior Line starting at 9:15am and leave a message. The line will close for the day once the voicemail message system is full.
- Neighborhood Legal Clinics (NLC): 206.267.7070 – King County Bar Association’s legal clinics located across King County, NLC attorneys can provide a free half hour of legal advice to renters, regardless of income.
- Northwest Justice Project: 206.464.1519 – Legal help for tenants in public housing or with Section 8 vouchers facing subsidy termination or eviction.
- Lawyer Referral Service: 206.267.7010 – King County Bar Association attorneys for hire at regular rates.
- Legal Voice: Empowers women with knowledge about their legal rights and tools to help them navigate the legal system.