The Fair Housing Act and the WA Law Against Discrimination cover all parts of a housing transaction: housing search; application and screening; rental, sale, and mortgage contracts; property insurance; terms and conditions of tenancy; lease renewal, termination of tenancy and eviction.


The following are exempt from the Fair Housing Act:

  • any single-family house sold or rented by an owner: Provided,
    • Such private individual owner does not own more than 3 single-family houses at any one time:
    • In the case of the sale of such single-family house by a private individual owner not residing in such house at the time of such sale or who was not the most recent resident of such house prior to such sale, the exemption shall apply only with respect to one such sale within any twenty-four month period:
    • The sale or rental of any such single-family house shall be excepted only if such house is sold or rented
      • without the use of the sales or rental facilities or the sales or rental services of any real estate broker, agent, or salesman, or of such facilities or services of any person in the business of selling or renting dwellings, or of any employee or agent of any such broker, agent, salesman, or person and
      • without the publication, posting or mailing, after notice, of any advertisement or written notice in violation the advertising prohibits.
  • rooms or units in dwellings containing living quarters occupied or intended to be occupied by no more than 4 families living independently of each other, if the owner actually maintains and occupies one of such living quarters as his residence.