Domestic violence survivors cannot be discriminated against because of their status as survivors, or because of damage perpetrators cause to the units survivors live in. Survivors also have the right to legally break their lease to escape an abuser. You can see the specifics about lease breaking for survivors and what documentation is needed as well as other protections by reading RCW 59.18.570 through 59.18.585.
In addition, landlords cannot refuse to rent to you because of your status as a domestic violence survivor. Due to the complexity of domestic violence, tenants who are in these situations may find it helpful to discuss their situation with a Tenant Counselor to get general information as well as referrals to free legal services, domestic violence support and other community resources that are available.
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