Oftentimes, landlords require income verification from prospective tenants to better understand tenants’ financial circumstances and ability to make monthly rent payments. If you require such information from tenants, you should carefully review the new statewide “Source of Income” law (RCW 59.18.255) that becomes effective September 30, 2018. This new regulation includes guidelines and prohibitions for landlords when a prospective tenants’ source and amount of income is requested.
In October 2017, the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 2 ruled on the proper procedures for a tenant to temporarily halt an eviction. The case was Randy Reynolds & Associates, Inc. v. Harmon, 1 Wn. App. 2d 239, 404 P.3d 602 (2017).
Statewide Sick Leave … Implementation
Landlords in Seattle recently received notice that a new city ordinance, the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance, has been approved which will require landlords to provide voter registration information to prospective and current tenants.
The Seattle City Council has approved an ordinance which will prevent landlords from screening tenants based on their criminal history.
Even the simplest eviction can be an expensive, time consuming and draining endeavor for a landlord….but what happens when a tenant files for bankruptcy?
City of Seattle Ordinance No. 125222 went into effect on January 16, 2017 , and introduced important amendments to the City’s Rental Agreement Regulation Ordinance governing landlord/tenant relationships within the City of Seattle.
As landlords in Washington State are well aware, the Landlord-Tenant Act (RCW 59.18 et seq.) and Seattle Just-Cause Eviction Ordinance (SMC 22.206 et seq.) are heavily weighted in favor of tenants’ rights. These laws have created a daunting and oft confusing legal process for landlords to navigate when an eviction becomes necessary. The first step in evicting a tenant is to place the tenant on notice that they are in default of their lease. The type of default and issues surrounding the tenancy will dictate the type of notice a landlord is required to serve.
A February 2012 Washington State Supreme Court decision, Snohomish County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corp. v. First Group America, Inc., clarified how Washington courts are to interpret indemnification clauses. The facts of the case are interesting and the ruling provides a tie in to our daily work since indemnification clauses often arise in lease and purchase and sale negotiations.
Recently, the Washington State legislature passed SB 6315 which affects the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RCW 59.18 et seq.).The changes to the law went into effect on June 7, 2012, and imposes new notice requirements on Washington residential landlords.