Seattle Landlord-Tenant Law

There are many Seattle specific landlord-tenant regulations including just cause eviction.

Seattle Just Cause Eviction

The Seattle Just Cause Eviction Ordinance prohibits landlords of Seattle residential properties from evicting tenants without just cause. This applies even for month-to-month tenants.  Just cause includes failure to cure a notice to pay rent or vacate, or failure to cure a notice to comply or vacate. For failure to cure a notice, the tenant need only fail to cure a notice one time. For failure to cure a notice the tenant may be either month-to-month or under an unexpired lease.

If the tenant is month-to-month, the landlord may serve a “20-day” notice to terminate the tenancy for only specified reasons listed in the just cause eviction ordinance. Note that these just cause grounds for eviction apply only if the tenant is month-to-month. A landlord may not break the lease because the landlord wishes to move into the rental property, for instance. These just cause grounds to issue a “20-day” notice to terminate the tenancy include:

  • habitual failure to pay rent (four late rent notices in a 12-month period);
  • habitual failure to comply with the lease terms (three or more notices to comply or vacate in a 12-month period);
  • the landlord or an immediate family member intends to occupy the premises as his primary residence;
  •  the landlord intends to sell a single family residence.

Seattle Municipal Code – Rent Increases

Seattle Rent Increases

Seattle Tenant Information Packet

If you are a landlord facing issues with a tenant, including possible eviction, it is in your interest to retain an attorney familiar with Seattle landlord-tenant and evictions law.


Below are links to information regarding Seattle landlord-tenant and evictions law.