I'm able to access my county's Public Record system to look a historical information (owner's names, taxes, etc) for a given property. Is there a similar means to access the same history, but with renting tenants?



Similar to this question, but I'm looking for a link between name and address.

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tl;dr - no

A landowner had both legal rights and responsibilities (such as paying taxes) so ownership needs to be tracked by the state and is a pubic record. A tenant; however, has no public responsibility. His responsibility is to the owner. This certainly can vary by state; but, I have never heard of any responsibility to register a property's tenant - only its owner.

Someone might be able to infer tenancy from a person's current address; but, registering your address does not necessarily mean you pay the rent. "Everything is on the internet"; so, I wouldn't be surprised if someone figured out a way to determine it (like from instance from utility bills); but, I doubt you'll find it on a state registry.

I skimmed the Washington Rental Laws and I didn't see anything.

  • Thanks for the information! I didn't think to look at other sources like postal registration, that should be sufficient for what I'm doing if something exists.
    – tbm0115
    Jun 14, 2017 at 16:27

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