Rental Rights and Responsibilities

As a renter you have rights and responsibilities. To avoid problems, be sure to know what is expected of you – and what you can expect in return.

Most people who rent a place to live are covered under Washington State’s Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RCW 59.18). This is a complicated law.

The Attorney General’s Office gives some basic information about this act to help with questions. These are a few topics covered on the site:

  • Rental Agreements
  • Landlord/Tenant Responsibilities
  • Deposits
  • Landlord’s Access to the Rental Unit
  • Moving out