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Founded 1996 as Olympic Rental Association, WLA is registered with IRS and Washington Secretary of State as a non-profit service corporation.

Recognized as an approved Attorney General resource for Landlord-Tenant assistance. (360) 338-1544

Contact Us

920 Franklin St. SE Olympia, WA 98501

Office Hours | 9:00am-5:00pm Mon-Sat
Phone | 360-753-9150 
Toll-Free | 1-888-753-9150
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Washington States largest landlord association serving landlords statewide with local meetings in your area. Our membership includes rental owners and managers ranging from one rental unit or house, to large scale apartment complexes.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our site. Washington Landlord Association (WLA) is proud to be Washington's leading landlord association. We have unbeatable membership dues thanks to the economy of our size, minimum of overhead expenses, and wonderful support of our vendor members.

For specifics on speaker programs in your area, information contained in our website, receiving a courtesy copy of the WLA Quarterly (newspaper), or any other information about joining or anything else, call WLA's toll-free number: 1-888-753-9150

Member Benefits

Join WLA Today- Click to view and print our registration form

$50 for a Full Year

  • Non-Profit Washington Service Corp
  • Serving Landlords from 1 to 100 Units!
  • State-Wide Services...18 Chapters
  • Great Free Telephone Help Lines
  • Comprehensive Screening/Ratings
  • Rental/Financial/Management Advice
  • Innovative WLA Web Resource Center
  • Landlord Basics; Renting Out Units
  • Free Forms, Renting Guidelines, Tips
  • Statutes, Surveys, Seminars, Articles
  • The Application & Eviction Process
  • 24-Page Quarterly Newspaper
  • Conferences, Seminars, Meetings
  • WLA Vacation Watch Service
  • Instant Washington Law Updates
  • Legislative Lobby & Services
  • Processes Updated for Landlords
  • Endorsed by Governments at all Levels
  • Over 350 supporting Vendor Services
  • 47 Available Member Attorneys, etc.
  • Computer Hot-Line Outreach
  • Lowest Dues/Screening Rates in State



Rental forms, reference material, advisory bulletins, vendor listings, rent surveys, state & local laws, hand-outs, landlord basics, screening, collections, management and maintenance tips, and much more available on-line to all WLA members.

Call Toll-Free 1-888-753-9150 for your 4-digit access code (good for 1 year), and/or for the member telephone help line.

WLA Rental Forms have been developed to reflect the latest in Washington State landlord-tenant law and court rulings, as well as meeting practical field conditions for hands-on landlords and managers anywhere in Washington. In addition, WLA’s rental agreements have several built-in liability protection features with escape clauses. (Special code dictated forms are also provided for WLA Seattle landlords and managers.) Developed in concert with WLA’s Legal Advisory Committee, WLA forms are field tested to cover all the essential legal and  management elements in successfully operating a rental in Washington.

For WLA screening, be sure to click and print out WLA Forms 49 and 50. They are self explanatory.

WLA’s Resource Center provides a variety of advisory bulletins including WLA’s popular “21 Landlording Basics” and “Using the Right Rental Form” by clicking the “Resources” icon then clicking “Basics”. All applicable State and Seattle Landlord laws (including lead paint and mold phamplets) are also included along with dozens of other write-ups of importance to landlords and managers.

WLA also provides an on-going listing of over 350 vendor members available across the state. These merchants have expressed an interest in serving the landlord sector and are removed if proved to not meet WLA standards.

WLA’s free telephone help line has proven very popular to the starter or experienced member: 1-888-753-9150

(Click Forms/Resource Center, select resource option, enter access code)

Member Profile




King County 6975 10462
Seattle 6190 9285
Snohomish & North 4455 6683
Pierce County 6094 9141
Tacoma 5009 7513
Thurston & West 4832 7248
Southwest WA 2243 3365
Central WA 1244 1866
Eastern WA 4113 6170
Tri-City Area 533 800
Southeast Washington 13 20
Out of state 2126 3189
TOTALS (October 15, 2013) 43,827 65,742
  Total Paid Members 7,612
  Avg Units/Membership 9.3


WLA Serving You

  • 18 Chapters Statewide

  • 65,000 Landlord Constituent Members

President/Exec. Officer: Tim Seth
Senior Vice President: John Wells
Vice Presidents: Louise Garbe, William Luke
Secretary/Treasurer: Audrey Tucker
Lobby Counsel: Mary Ann Strickler, AAL

WLA Advisory Board
Montgomery Barnes - Tacoma
Bruce & Sharon Bishop - Spokane
Bruce Burris - Tacoma
Delores Cante - Lakewood
Virginia DeBord - Marysville
Charlene Fansler - Kennewick
John Gipson - Olympia
Ted Kobernick - Vancouver
Jerry Lucker - Seattle
Tom McGarry - Spokane
Willie Oliver - Bremerton
Tom Pinckney - Tacoma
Donn Tyler - Lakewood
Dan White - Gig Harbor

WLA Staff
Operations Manager - Tim Seth
Screening & IT/Website - David Jones
Membership & Ads - Carole Krusinski
Advisory Management - John Wells
Vacation Watch - Steve Green
Printing Services - Jack Tavares & Gary Fair
Office Support - Tamako Gipson

Legal Advisory Attorneys
Dan Lazares, Tom McGarry, Alan Ruder, Tom Taylor, Ken Valz

Biography - Tim Seth

Founder and executive officer of Washington Landlord Association, Tim has owned, managed and maintained 26 rental properties with 96 rental units in Olympia, Seattle, and Yakima. An engineering graduate from WSU, he took graduate university business courses and served as a corporate business education administrator for a large mid-west manufacturing company.

Returning to the Northwest, Tim set up a 55-shareholder Washington rental property investment corporation…implementing his innovative investment leverage models (that still apply today… see Resource Center, “Financial”). He followed with licenses as an engineer in-training, general contractor, and real estate agent (with training in property appraising). He also operated an independent rental management and repair business for 7 years...proving to be quite handy with tools and resolving hands-on tenant issues.

His past public service includes chair of the Thurston County Housing Authority, project lead for State WAC personnel law development, staff for the Washington Executive Salary Commission, member the Washington Comparable Worth Committee, AG designated advisory contact for rental owners calling the Washington Attorney General’s Office, and many public and private housing ad hoc committees.

Throughout his landlord career, Tim has also served as Chair of the Washington Apartment Association state-wide Political Action Committee, and later as an officer, volunteer lobbyist, and essayist in state and local landlord associations. In response to increasing fair-housing regulations, Tim developed WLA's bias-free tenant selection scoring system patterned after long-established civil service employment testing standards, and later, field-easy models to implement new state-mandated screening disclosure regulations. Currently, he is sitting on a variety of State/County/City landlord-tenant code and other committees. He enjoys contributing to the web site, and assisting landlord, tenant, and government official callers. With added time as a designated Attorney General landlord-tenant telephone advisory resource (360-338-01544),Tim enjoys such continuing opportunities to inform and resolve landlord-tenant scenarios in the rental industry.


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