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Washington State tenants have won important legal protections, but these rights don't go far enough. Members help build the movement to protect and expand tenants rights and make the promise of safe, healthy, affordable housing a reality.
The mission of the Tenants Union (TU) is to create housing justice through empowerment-based education, outreach, leadership development, organizing, and advocacy. Founded in 1977, the TU carries on a proud legacy of work to create concrete improvements in tenants’ living conditions and challenge and transform unjust housing policies and practices. As a membership organization, the TU’s work is grounded in the strong conviction that tenants must be the leaders of efforts to transform our housing conditions and communities. The TU embraces the values of equality, hope, tenant leadership, respect, direct action, civic courage, racial and economic justice, and self-determination in our work.
The TU has talented and dedicated staff members and board who work hard to support tenant leadership and grow the movement for housing justice in Washington State.
Tenants Union of Washington State – Seattle
5425 Rainier Avenue S Ste B
Seattle, WA 98118-2455
Tenants Union of Washington State – Spokane
25 W. Main Ave Ste 310
Spokane, WA 99201
The Tenants Union is open limited hours. See Tenants Rights Counseling for a listing of our walk-in hours and services.
- Tenants Union Members: The work of the TU has been sustained for over 34 years through the support of its membership. Members are the heart of the TU’s work for housing justice, and are the strongest base of support we have. For more information or to become a member of the Tenants Union, see Tenants Union Membership.
- A Place to Live: A Place to Live is the support organization for the Benson East Tenant Association (BETA). BETA is the Northwest’s first tenant-owned property that was organized in 2000 by the Tenants Union. BETA is committed to fighting for housing justice and tenant autonomy by advancing tenant ownership campaigns and tenant empowerment. See Tenant Ownership for more information.
- We believe all tenants have the right to affordable decent housing, free from excessive and frequent rent increases.
- We believe all homes should be safe and secure in order to ensure the privacy of tenants.
- We seek to end arbitrary evictions and all retaliatory actions against tenants.
- We believe that all people should have access to housing free from discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, political ideology, lifestyle, age, family status, marital status, amount or source of income, or disability.
- We believe that all tenants have the right to organize and determine the rules and conditions of their tenancy through collective bargaining and other means.
- We believe that all tenants have the right to live in the neighborhood of their choice, and we seek to increase the supply of rental housing, particularly for low and middle income tenants.
- We believe that housing exists to meet a basic human need, and that when conflict arises between tenants’ needs and owners’ profits, the basic need for affordable decent housing must take priority over the economic interests of the landowners.
- We, the members, commit ourselves to working together to accomplish the above stated goals.
Resolution to Strengthen and Protect the Human Rights of Immigrants to the United States
WHEREAS, the Tenants Union of Washington State draws inspiration from Article One of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
“All humans are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
WHEREAS, there is currently a growing movement to pass anti-immigrant initiatives and legislation around the country.
WHEREAS, these legislative proposals and initiatives both reflect and generate anti-immigrant prejudices and discrimination.
WHEREAS, the Tenants Union of Washington State recognizes the history of racial and ethnic discrimination through legislation to limit the opportunities and rights and racial and ethnic groups and immigrants and to divide oppressed peoples.
The Tenants Union Washington provides services to renters in Washington State only. Looking for another Tenants Union?
- You can find Tenant Rights laws for each state at Tenants Legal Center.
- For information on legal services in each state, see the National Housing Law Project list.
- For a list of Tenant Organizations by state, see this list from the National Alliance of HUD Tenants
List of Tenant Organizations by State:
The Tenants Union is hiring!
We have openings for two positions: Operations & Development Coordinator and Resolve Housing Organizer.
The Operations & Development Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director to provide core administrative support for TU programs and enact a growing fundraising plan.
The Resolve Housing Organizer will work to prevent housing loss and promote housing stability through collaborative negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution between tenants and landlords.
Both full-time positions will be based in our South Seattle office. Please see full details and application instructions below!
Open until filled but applications will begin to be reviewed on January 31st. The anticipated start date is March 1st.
Submit cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “Job Application – [Name of Position]” in the subject line, or mail to:
Tenants Union of Washington State
ATTN: Hiring Committee
5425 Rainier Avenue South Ste B
Seattle, WA 98118-2455
The Tenants Union of Washington State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. The Tenants Union values people with lived experiences of housing instability, homelessness or incarceration and invites them to apply. People of color, women, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQI individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Tenants Union of Washington State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.