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.  One new law is the Rental Housing Inspection Program that will begin in 2021, with the requirement that 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.

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

The new 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 is the most up-to-date source of financial 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

  • Catholic Community Services - Provides emergency funding and assistance to Burien residents. Phone: 253-850-2523 (Fridays 10am-Noon)
  • Multi-Service Center - Provides emergency funding and assistance to Burien residents. Phone:  253-838-6810   
  • St. Vincent de Paul - Provides rent assistance to Burien residents. Phone:  206-767-6449   
  • King County Housing Authority – Provides rental housing and rental assistance programs, such as Section 8 vouchers, for low income households. Phone:  206-574-1100 

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: 206-267-7090.
  • 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: 1-888-201-1014   
  •  Attorney General Manufactured Housing Dispute Resolution - Assistance for owners of manufactured and mobile homes to resolve disputes with landlords. Phone: 1-866-924-6458   
  • 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 

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, e-mail renting@burienwa.gov, or call 206-241-4647.