WASHINGTON APARTMENT ASSOCIATION
CODE OF ETHICS
To establish and maintain confidence in the integrity
and professionalism of residential property owners and
those affiliated with the residential rental property
industry, we, the members of this Association, hereby
adopt this Code of Ethics.
Having united ourselves for the purposes of improving
the services and conditions of the residential rental
industry, and being ever mindful of our obligations
to observe all regulations governing our industry and
the free enterprise system, we pledge to:
1. Give equal consideration to all housing
2. Be aware of the power the owner exerts over a tenants
life in providing housing and utilize that power judiciously.
Uphold the principle that each residents home
is their private domain to enjoy.
3. Discourage and not knowingly permit any activities
which are illegal or injurious to the community, and
to actively participate and support the betterment of
4. Conduct business in a forthright and ethical manner,
comply with Federal, State and Local Laws governing
the residential rental housing industry and adhere to
the terms of the Washington State Landlord Tenant Act.
5. Adhere to the principles of the Free Enterprise
system, and believe that the system requires investment,
risk, labor, and effort of a superior quality, and that
we have the right to make an independent and fair determination
of the value of our product.
We respect the right of our colleagues to make their
own value determinations.
6. Become and remain informed on laws and matters affecting
the residential rental industry so as to contribute
responsibly to the community and our Association.
7. Adhere to the principle of cooperation and honesty
among the members of this association so as to further
the interests of all members.
We believe that it is the duty of each member to conduct
their business in accordance with this Code of Ethics.