Landlord - Tenant

Rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants

An overview of the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants can be found in the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RLTA). The text of the Act is in Chapter 59.18 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). Washington LawHelp's resource, Your Rights as a Tenant in Washington State, explains residential tenants' and landlords' rights and responsibilities in Washington as described in the RLTA.

Additional material at Washington LawHelp covers many specific issues related to tenants' rights including, What to Do if You Need Repairs, Getting Your Security Deposit Back, Can My Landlord Do That?, and much more.

If tenants and landlords need help working toward a resolution of issues they may have with each other, mediation is available from Community Mediation Services. They provide mediation resources to facilitate dialogue and negotiation between tenants and landlords about any issues, including rent payment plans to help renters maintain housing.

Eviction

There were significant changes to the law in 2021 and 2022. Many forms, procedures, and requirements have changed. These links highlighting some of the changes have been posted for your convenience.

Due to the extensive changes to the law, the library does not have an eviction kit available for purchase. Written materials in the library are no longer current. The law library cannot offer materials to read or purchase until new materials are available. 

Email lawlibrary@clark.wa.gov or call 564.397.2268 if you wish to be notified if/when an updated eviction kit is for sale.

Eviction defense

The 2021 and 2022 legislative sessions made substantial changes to the law about evictions. One of the changes is that a landlord must give a "good" reason to end a tenancy or not renew a lease.

Tenants can get information and forms at Washington LawHelp. There is a page specifically for Eviction Help in Clark County that includes information about free attorneys for eligible tenants under the new Right to Counsel program. There is also a page for tenants in Clark County to learn how to respond to a 14-Day Pay or Vacate notice and Eviction Resolution Pilot Program (ERPP) notices. The Eviction Defense Helper tool can assist you in figuring out what to do next.

The Clark County Superior Court has issued General Order 21-06A about the appointment of counsel for indigent tenants. The latest General Orders are available on the Superior Court site.

Washington LawHelp also has information and forms for specific situations. Some examples:

Washington LawHelp has information about the Eviction Resolution Pilot Program. For free services under the Eviction Resolution Pilot Program, contact Community Mediation Services.

The Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program has a page about eviction and rent help, and the Washington Attorney General has a page with residential landlord-tenant resources.

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