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Landlord-Tenant Program

Landlord-Tenant Program

As part of the City's commitment to helping residents have access to stable housing options, the City of Tacoma offers a Landlord-Tenant Program. 


The Program is focused on improving the quality of life for the residents of Tacoma by equipping landlords and tenants with the tools needed to sustain safe, healthy, equitable and crime free communities.

The primary function of the Landlord-Tenant program is to provide information and referrals to both landlords and tenants to resolve disputes that arise under the Washington State Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RCW 59.18). This service is free and available to both property owners, property managers, and tenants within the Tacoma City limits.

The landlord/tenant program offers services in the following areas:

  • Information and Referral
    • Rent
    • Deposits
    • Repairs/Maintenance Issues
  • Building Code Violations
    • Landlord-Tenant Inspection 
  • Training/Education

Getting Assistance:

If you have a landlord/tenant concern and seek assistance, you can contact our office through the Tacoma First 311 system by calling 311 from a 253-area code phone or by dialing (253) 591-5000 or online by completing the following intake form below.

Landlord-Tenant Intake Form




The Washington State Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RCW 59.18, RLTA) does not have an enforcement mechanism, only civil remedies.  Therefore, the City of Tacoma does not have the authority to enforce violations of the RLTA.  However, the City of Tacoma can enforce the Rental Housing Code (TMC 1.95, RHC).  For more information on the RHC please visit the Renting in Tacoma webpage Renting in Tacoma - City of Tacoma





The information on this webpage and that is provided by the Landlord-Tenant Program is designed to assist community members with tools to self-advocate.  If you believe your rights have been violated, you should seek legal advice.                   


Landlord-Tenant Services

747 Market Street
Room 1044
Tacoma, WA 98402


Walk-In Wednesdays

9 AM - 1 PM

Located in the Customer Support Center


Useful Information

Residential Landlord-Tenant Act


Rental Housing Code TMC 1.95 - full text


Landlord Fairness Code Initiative - Full Text


Code Compliance


TMC 2.01