Common Tenant/Renter and Landlord Concerns

Helpful resources and information for tenants/renters/landlords:

The Washington State Attorney General serves as the chief legal advisor and chief law enforcement officer for Washington State's government. The ATG is authorized to prosecute violations of state law, represent the state in legal disputes and issue legal advice to state agencies and the legislature. For information on the Washington State Office of the Attorney General regarding Landlord-Tenant matters please see the links below:

Landlord Tenant

Landlord/Tenant Rights


What do I do if my tenants are not paying their rent?

The majority of Landlord and Tenant disputes are considered to be a civil disagreement and the Lewis County Environmental Health and Code Compliance does not get involved.

Please refer to the NW Justice Project or an attorney for legal advice.


What kinds of Landlord Tenant issues does the Lewis County Code Enforcement Office get involved with?

Failing septic system (does not include city/municipal sewer services)

Water source or supply (does not include city/municipal services)

Unsafe structure, for more information see International Residential Code Section 116 A Conditions

Solid waste outside of the residence

Junk Vehicles in public view

Trailers/Recreational Vehicles/Campers occupied with no permits

Animal Neglect

Lewis County Environmental Health and Code Compliance or call (360) 740-2718.