Pets and Service Animals are a subject that we get many calls to the RHAWA Resource Desk about from our members. Many people have some anxiety about this policy and having to allow an animal when they have a no pets policy. The decision to accept pets or not is up to you. There is an argument for accepting pets, especially in the single family home market, however service animals are quite different. There are some significant differences between Pets and Service Animals. Since most of the confusion has to do with service animals, let's talk about pets first.
Cameron Cowan | Knowledge Steward
Tenant screening laws are rapidly evolving in Washington State, in particular when dealing with criminal records and how to consider an applicant’s ability to be a reliable tenant.
Most recently, a new law passed in Seattle and which takes effect February 19, 2018 – will prohibit almost entirely a landlord’s ability to refuse an applicant on the basis of criminal conviction and arrest records.