Washington Rental Laws

Washington Rental Laws

Your Washington Rental Laws Guide to helpful links and information for leases, rent, security deposits, tenant screening, real estate and government.

Official Website of the State of Washington

The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Washington was 7,061,530 on July 1, 2014, a 5.01% increase since the 2010 United States Census

The State of Washington has 39 counties.

State Rules and Regulations

Important Lease Terms

Security Deposits

  • Amount: No Restrictions
  • Return Deadline:  14 Days

Fees and Notice

  • Applications Fees: Not more than cost of service
  • Termination Notice:  10 Days
  • Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent: Yes but required to be placed in escrow and notify governing entity.  Can repair and deduct

Landlord Disclosures

Real Estate Links

Federal Government

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act:  Federal Government legislation which promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies.
  • Fair Housing Act:  The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children

Credit Reports

Tenant Screening

  • Counties covered:  Adams,   Asotin,   Benton,   Chelan,   Clallam,   Clark,   Columbia,   Cowlitz,   Douglas,   Ferry,   Franklin,   Garfield,   Grant,   Grays Harbor,   Island,   Jefferson,   King,   Kitsap,   Kittitas,   Klickitat,   Lewis,   Lincoln,   Mason,   Okanogan,   Pacific,   Pend Oreille,   Pierce,   San Juan,   Skagit,   Skamania,   Snohomish,   Spokane,   Stevens,   Thurston,   Wahkiakum,   Walla Walla,   Whatcom,   Whitman,   Yakima
  • Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

Last Updated: April 21, 2020