Washington Landlord-Tenant Act: June 2016 Changes

As of June 9, 2016 a new law passed by the Washington State Legislature regarding Landlord-Tenant Screening Reports and Deposit Refunds went into effect. This bill amends RCW 59.18.257 (tenant screening) and 59.18.280 (security deposits), reenacts and amends RCW 59.18.030 (legal definitions of terms), and adds a new section (limited dissemination of unlawful detainer) to RCW Chapter 59.18. Note that, as of today, the text of the Revised Code of Washington available online has not yet been updated to incorporate the changes this law makes. 

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HOME FREE: How a New York State prisoner became a jailhouse lawyer, and changed the system.

"There is no job description for a jailhouse lawyer. It’s an occupation born of desperation: most prisoners cannot afford lawyers, and are eligible for a free attorney only for their first appeal. After that, they have to either learn the law themselves or find a jailhouse lawyer to help them. In state prisons, jailhouse lawyers typically lack law degrees—some never finish high school—but New York does guarantee access to a law library, which is run by inmate clerks."
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