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

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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.

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