Washington State Rental Agreement Laws

Rent increases: RCW 59.18.140 requires landlords to notify tenants 60 days before the rent increase. In the case of monthly rent, the landlord must inform you in writing for 60 days before any rent increase (except for certain subsidized rental units, the lessor must inform you in writing for at least 30 days). You cannot sign your rights under the law. For example, if a lease requires tenants to be responsible for all repairs in the unit, whether or not they caused the damage, this specific provision of the contract is not applicable. However, the rest of the contract remains valid and enforceable. Except in an emergency, the landlord must inform you in writing for at least two days before entering your rental to make repairs or inspect the premises. However, if the landlord wants to show the rental unit to a new tenant or potential buyer, all they have to do is notify you in writing for 1 day. The notice must state: Legal Use of Deposit Funds: A landlord must provide the tenant with written terms under which a deposit can be withheld at the end of a lease. A landlord cannot withdraw a deposit unless the lease is in writing and a written checklist of pre-existing conditions and damage to the property is provided to the tenant. If a tenant does not receive this checklist at the beginning of the rental, they are entitled to a full refund of the deposit.

(RCW 59.18.260) While rent is traditionally due on the first of the month, it can be due on any day of the month. The date on which the rent is due is set out in your rental agreement or in an oral contract with your landlord. Sometimes homeowners accept partial payments in stages during the month or weekly payments. It`s a good idea to consolidate these types of written agreements with your landlord. Maintenance obligations of the lessor: Unless the condition is due to normal wear and tear, the owners must make the necessary repairs and adjustments to put and maintain the premises in as good condition at the beginning of the lease as they should have been legally or after lease (RCW 59.18.060 (5)). RCW 59.18.230 states that tenants cannot amortize their rights under the law. The lessor cannot legally impose lease conditions contrary to state or local laws. For example, the landlord is always responsible for making all repairs for erroneous conditions that are not caused by the tenant or the tenant`s guests, even if the tenant signs a rental agreement in which he declares that he agrees to make all necessary repairs during his rental. The inclusion of a clause that violates other tenant protection laws does not invalidate the entire lease. However, clauses that conflict with state law are not enforceable. Monthly leases do not include specific deadlines. The tenancy continues until either party issues a notice period of 20 days before the expiry date of the rent in writing.

New laws passed in Bellingham and Vancouver require landlords to notify tenants in writing for 60 days to end the lease. (Tenants living in these cities can continue to end their tenancy with only 20 days` notice). In some cases, Seattle landlords must give tenants written notice more than 20 days before termination. Seattle landlords can only terminate a lease for one of the 18 reasons listed by Seattle as a “just reason.” Read Seattle`s deportation order for just cause for more information. The landlord must provide a copy of the lease to each tenant who signs it. The tenant can request a free replacement copy during the rental. There are three different types of leases. Often in a lease, it is stated that the tenant waives a refund of his deposit if he does not respect the correct notice period of 20 days when he leaves the unit.