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Know the Laws: Washington

UPDATED December 5, 2016

Below is information about housing laws that help victims of domestic violence in Washington.

back to topAre there housing laws to help victims of domestic violence?

Yes. Washington State has housing laws that specifically protect victims of domestic violence.  Protections under Washington's Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RTLA)* may give you the right to:

  • end your lease early, without having to pay a penalty;
  • avoid eviction, if your landlord is trying to evict you due to the abuse; and 
  • avoid discrimination, if a landlord is trying to deny you a place to live because you are a victim of domestic violence.

The King County Office of Civil Rights publishes two information packets that explain your rights under the RTLA and list resources that may be able to help you:

Lawhelp.org also has information from the Northwest Justice Project about the law here.  

* R.C.W. § 59.18.575

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