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Tenants in King County are protected from discriminatory housing practices by federal and state laws. Depending on where you live, you may be protected by a local fair housing law. King County prohibits unfair housing practices in the rental, sale, or financing of housing because of a person's race, color, national origin, ancestry, disability and use of a service animal, gender, parental status, marital status, religion, participation in Section 8 voucher program or other similar government housing subsidy programs, sexual orientation (includes gender identity), and age. Discriminatory treatment may occur if you are treated differently than other tenants or prospective tenants because of one or more of your class attributes.

Tenants with a Disability

Tenants with a disability are entitled to reasonable modifications and reasonable accommodations to housing. Modifications are generally at the expense of the tenant and with the permission of the landlord. The landlord cannot unreasonably withhold permission, but can require restoration to the original condition. Tenants may also apply for financial assistance for modifications through the King County Housing Repair Home Accessibility Modification Grants program.

Fair Housing Enforcement Offices

Tenants who believe that they may have been the victim of housing discrimination can make a complaint with a fair housing enforcement agency. If you live in an unincorporated part of King County, you may make a complaint to the King County Office of Civil Rights. If you live in Seattle, you may make a complaint to the City of Seattle Office for Civil Rights. All tenants in Washington State may make complaints to HUD's Fair Housing Office or the Washington State Human Rights Commission.

Resources for Tenant Assistance

Tenants Union of WA State
Tenant’s hotline: 206-723-0500 

Solid Ground
Housing counseling services

Northwest Justice Project
Call 211

Housing Justice Project

King County Bar Association
1200 5th Ave, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98101

Other fair housing resources

Contact Us

Phone 206-263-9105

TTY Relay: 711

Fax: 206-296-5260