Health and home hazard in rental properties can go undetected unless tenants report violations. However, tenants may avoid speaking out due to fears of retribution by the owner or being evicted once the issue(s) are addressed. Most states and jurisdictions have enacted provisions to protect tenants in these situations. Below are example provisions:
Maryland Tenant Protections
List of provisions in Maryland state laws that protect tenants. [url, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, 2013]
Washington State Law Prohibiting Retaliation
Reprisals or retaliatory actions by landlord are prohibited by Washington law.
Washington State Rights of Repairs for Tenants
Tenants Union of Washington State provides a hotline for tenants to report unhealthy housing conditions and advocates for tenant rights. They educate tenants, ensure landlords make necessary repairs, and assist with tenant communicate with landlords. Focus area listed on their site include: repair requests, bed bugs, mold and indoor air quality, and relocation assistance. [url; Tenants Union of Washington State]