Lawmakers vote to end discrimination against renters who use government assistance

Spokesman Review
Sat., Feb. 10, 2018

OLYMPIA – Landlords couldn’t turn down potential tenants who would use government assistance vouchers to pay for all or part of their rent under bills that passed both houses of the Legislature on Friday.

The bills would make it a violation of the state’s anti-discrimination laws for a landlord to refuse to rent to, or evict, a tenant who uses housing subsidies, veterans’ assistance or other public aid. A violation could result in a lawsuit.