Washington State has a “slumlord accountability” law. RCW 59.18.085 requires landlords to pay relocation assistance to displaced tenants whose properties are condemned due to code, ordinance or other statute violations. The relocation assistance shall be the greater of $2,000 or three times one month’s rent. The landlord must also refund the entire deposit and any prepaid rent. This assistance is not provided in cases of natural disasters, acts of God or if the violation was caused by the tenant or other unauthorized third party.
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