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Arbitration and Mediation

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Neighborhood Dispute & Mediation
Source: Municipal Research & Services Center of Washington

Provides an overview of neighborhood dispute or mediation centers, a link a list of dispute resolution centers in Washington state, and links to local government dispute/mediation programs in Bellevue, Clark County, Lynnwood, Mercer Island, Port Townsend, and Vancouver. Also, provides additional information about dispute resolution and mediation.
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Alternatives to Court
Source: Washington State Bar Association

Describes the use of mediation and arbitration to resolve legal disputes in Washington. Covers what arbitration and mediation are, how they work, how they are different, and how to find an organization that can mediate or arbitrate. Includes a brief description of Washington's requirement that certain disputes filed in court be arbitrated.
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Source: Washington State Office of the Attorney General

Instructions and forms for filing Complaints with the Office of the Attorney General of Washington State. Complaints may be filed online or by mail. Two forms are available: a General Complaint Form and Lemon Law Request for Arbitration. Complaints may be filed online in Spanish.
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Washington Dispute Resolution Centers
Source: Resolution Washington

Describes the role of Resolution Washington, as follows: "to provide effective and inexpensive conflict resolution services to our respective communities." Main page includes link to other pages describing what mediation is, how the mediation process works in Washington Dispute Resolution Centers, what types of disputes are appropriate for Dispute Resolution Centers (almost any dispute), and locations and telephone numbers for Dispute Resolution Centers. Dispute Resolution Centers provide alternatives to resolving claims in courts.
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Landlord/Tenant Law
Source: Washington State Office of the Attorney General

Information about the state's Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RCW 59.18). Also available in Russian and Spanish. Topics covered include Who Is Covered By The Law, Rights of All Tenants, Moving In (Types of Rental Agreements, Illegal Provisions in Rental Agreements, Deposits and Other Fees, Refundable Deposits, Nonrefundable Fees), While You're Living in the Rental Unit (Landlord's Responsibilities, Tenant's Responsibilities, If the Landlord Wants to Make Changes, If the Property is Sold, Landlord's Access to the Rental, If the Rental Needs Repairs, Illegal Actions of a Landlord), Moving Out (Proper Notice to Leave, Return of Deposits, Evictions, Abandonment), and Where to Go With Questions And Complaints.
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