Free online service for renters, landlords debuts

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HousingSearchNW.org is now in operation statewide as a free online service for renters and landlords, the state Department of Commerce reported. The website allows landlords to post and renters to find available and affordable rental housing. It also provides tools such as a renter's checklist and an affordability calculator. Listings can include pictures, maps and information about community amenities such as parks, schools, and hospitals.

A call center is available Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., offering assistance in English and Spanish at 877-428-8844.

The website was originally launched by King County agencies, nonprofits and local governments to improve access for affordable rental housing.