The Tenants Union Education Program empowers tenants with the knowledge and skills needed to keep themselves and their families safely housed. Tenants in Washington have no governmental agency to rely on to enforce their rights. Landlord-tenant laws in Washington State are considered “self help” — it is up to individual tenants to get their rights enforced. The TU provides empowerment-based education and assistance to help tenants learn their rights and take action to resolve housing problems.
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The Tenant Education Program helps tenants get the knowledge and skills to keep themselves and their families safely housed. The TU provides empowerment-based tenant counseling, education and assistance to help tenants learn their rights and take action to resolve housing problems. Trained non-attorney Tenant Counselors offer free phone and walk-in tenant counseling services to assist people with questions about landlord-tenant laws and discuss strategies to prevent housing loss.
Tenants Rights Hotline: 206-723-0500
(Please note that these hours are for the hotline only, see below for walk-in clinic hours)
- Monday – Wednesday: 10am-12:30pm & 1:30-4pm
- Thursday: 10am-12:30pm
- Friday: 10am-12:30pm & 1:30-4pm
- Saturday: 11am-3pm
(As of April 2020, our hotline is open again on Fridays!)
Interpretation is available in many languages.
We are closed:
- New Years Day
- MLK, Jr. Day
- Presidents Day
- International Worker’s Day / May Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Indigenous People’s Day
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving and day after
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
- New Years Eve
The Tenants Union can occasionally provide educational workshops for groups seeking resources or information about tenant rights, how to organize a tenant association, or other organizing and advocacy skills.
Because the TU does so much work with a very small amount of time and resources, we have limited availability and will consider workshop requests on a case-by-case basis.
To request a workshop for your building or organization, please contact us at 206-722-6848 ext. 103, or [email protected] We cannot provide individual tenant counseling during this request contact. To receive tenant rights counseling please contact our Education Program
When you request a workshop, please be ready to answer the following questions via intake form or cut and past the questions into an email message and send to info (at) tenantsunion (dot) org. We will use this information to see if a TU workshop is the right fit: