Information for Renters

In late 2019, Burien adopted laws to provide more protection for renters and to help improve the condition of rental housing in Burien.

The Rental Housing Inspection Program launched in early 2021. The program requires property owners of duplexes, triplexes, four-plexes, and apartments have at least 20% of their units inspected every three years. More information on the Rental Housing Inspection Program is available here.

Rental Housing Security Policy requires landlords to distribute information to tenants, allow tenants to make installment payments, and requires just cause for an eviction. 

The Rental Housing Security Policy requires landlords to provide Renting in Burien Handbook – A Guide for Landlords and Tenants to all tenants. This handbook provides information regarding the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants and provides details on just cause evictions. 

En EspañolManual de alquiler en Burien (Renting in Burien Handbook)

Tenant Resources

  • Washington State 2-1-1 has the most up-to-date information for financial assistance and housing referrals. Call 2-1-1.
  • Tenants Union of Washington State - provides counseling, education, and assistance to help tenants learn their rights and resolve housing problems. Tenants’ Rights Hotline:  (206) 723-0500
  • Solid Ground - provides housing counseling services to help families and individuals maintain permanent and reliable rental housing. Phone: (206) 694-6767 

Financial Assistance

Legal/Other Resources

  • Washington LawHelp - Free online legal education materials and tools that provide basic information on a variety of legal problems, including detailed packets and forms.
  • Housing Justice Project - King County Bar Association’s free legal assistance to renters facing eviction in King County. Phone: (206) 267-7069.
  • Tenant Law Center - Catholic Community Center’s free legal assistance to qualifying low-income persons in King County facing eviction or subsidy termination. Phone (206) 324-6890
  • Neighborhood Legal Clinics - King County Bar Association’s free 30-minute legal consultations at locations throughout King County. Phone: (206) 267-7070    
  • CLEAR Line Legal Help - Northwest Justice Project’s free legal assistance for Washington’s low-income residents. Phone: (888) 201-1014   
  •  Attorney General Manufactured Housing Dispute Resolution - Assistance for owners of manufactured and mobile homes to resolve disputes with landlords. Phone: (866) 924-6458   
  • King County Dispute Resolution Center - Trained mediators can assist tenants and landlords in resolving conflicts. Phone: (206) 443-9603    
  • City of Burien Code Compliance - Investigates Burien code compliance violations.  Tenant must first try to resolve issues following procedures in Washington State Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RLTA) (RCW 59.18). Phone: (206) 241-4647 
  • New! Summary of Eviction Law in Washington State - In response to COVID-19 the City of Burien is providing the non-legal advice to the Burien community on eviction law in Washington state.

Fair Housing Resources

  • Washington State Human Rights Commission - Enforces the law against discrimination and investigates complaints regarding civil rights violations. Phone: (800) 233-3247    
  • Fair Housing Center of Washington - Provides support and education for renters filing discrimination complaints or requesting reasonable accommodations from their landlords. Phone: (253) 274-9523

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For additional information about the rental housing program in Burien, email [email protected], or call (206) 241-4647.

Updated August 27, 2021