The Washington rental application form is a document utilized by some landlords as part of the tenant screening process. Potential tenants who wish to rent a property submit their information. The landlord uses it to decide to rent or lease the property to them.
Applicable Law in Washington
The Residential Landlord-Tenant Act is Chapter 59.18 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) gives the laws for rental units in the state of Washington.
There is a restriction on the amount that a landlord may charge for a non-refundable application fee. The amount must be the actual amount paid by the landlord for the credit and background check. The landlord must give the applicant a copy of the receipt for the actual amount paid for these fees.
Fair Housing Laws in Washington
The fair housing laws in the state of Washington prohibit discrimination and include all federal anti-discrimination laws. Discrimination is prohibited against people due to race, color, family status, sex, disability, religion, or national origin. These are federally-protected classes of people
Washington state laws also add to these federally-protected classes, the state-protected classes of creed, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and military/veteran status.
There are also additional requirements in some areas. For example, a tenant’s use of a Section-8 voucher for help paying the rent that is federal support for low-income tenants cannot be refused by landlords in the cities of Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Seattle, and Vancouver plus the unincorporated parts of King County.
Age discrimination is prohibited in Seattle, Tacoma, and the unincorporated parts of King County. Discrimination based on ancestry is prohibited in Tacoma and the unincorporated parts of King County. Discrimination based on political ideology is prohibited in Seattle.