Help for Tenants: Resources for Community and Legal in Washington State

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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.


Community Resources


Legal Resources

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: (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.
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