Summary of Washington State and City of Seattle Landlord/Tenant Regulations
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This summary of landlord/tenant regulations must be provided to tenants by owners of residential rental property located in Seattle on at least an annual basis.
Document Last Modified: 4/5/2023
Landlords and tenants often find themselves at odds over such issues ranging from who is responsible for repairs to the property to the timely return of the security deposit monies, just to name a few. Most disputes could be easily resolved or avoided altogether if both parties were aware of and willing to take on the responsibility for their own role as well as fully understand that role.
The Summary of Washington State and City of Seattle Landlord-Tenant Regulations provide the means for landlords and tenants to fully educate themselves on their individual roles as landlord and tenant, and to learn what those roles mean.
Washington state landlords and, in particular, city of Seattle landlords are obligated to provide this information to renters. The information contained in the Summary of Washington State and City of Seattle Landlord-Tenant Regulations details the obligations for landlords and tenants in relation to repairs, rent payments, handling of security deposits, upkeep and maintenance of the rental property, behaviors towards each other, and more.
The Summary of Washington State and City of Seattle Landlord-Tenant Regulations is required by the city of Seattle and MUST be provided directly to tenants both at the beginning of tenancy and once per year during tenancies exceeding one year.
Washington landlords and property managers should also be familiar with the Washington State Landlord Tenant Act document also provided on the site for download. It is an important, informative document for anyone managing residential rental properties in the state of Washington.
Washington Rental Forms and Templates
We know that the Lease Agreement isn’t the only form that Landlords need. That’s why we have forms for the entire Landlord Lifecycle - from move in to move out and everything in between!
- Washington Lease Agreement: This state-specific Lease can be customized and includes WA laws.
- Washington Rental Application Disclosure: This form is required any time a Landlord charges a screening fee or an application fee.
- Washington Smoke-Free Lease Addendum: This Washington-specific form establishes a no-smoking policy for rental units and provides all rules regarding smoking anywhere on the property.
- Tenant Welcome Letter: This customizable Welcome Letter helps Landlords share key information with renters and ensures they’re ready to take good care of their new home from day 1.
- Rent Ledger: The rent ledger makes it EZ for Landlords to stay organized and provides key documentation should a Tenant ever miss any rent payments.
- Washington 10 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate: This Notice is used for Tenants that violate a Lease Agreement for reasons other than nonpayment of rent.
- Washington 14 Day Notice to Pay Rent or Vacate: This Notice is for Tenants that have missed rent payments.
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