Burien Just Cause Eviction

Tenants may be evicted for breaching the terms of the lease or rental agreement. Failure to comply with a notice to pay rent or vacate or notice to comply or vacate are just cause to evict.

The landlord may terminate a tenancy with 90 days’ notice if the landlord or an immediate family member intend to occupy the rental unit as their primary residence. The landlord may terminate the tenancy with 90 days’ notice if the landlord intends to sell the property. With 120 days’ notice the landlord may terminate a tenancy to do demolish the building; do substantial rehabilitation to the property; or to convert the property to a cooperative, condominium, or nonresidential use.

The owner may terminate a tenancy if the owner seeks to discontinue sharing the owner’s own housing unit.

Note that these provisions do not authorize a landlord to break a lease. If the tenant is still within the term of an unexpired lease, the landlord cannot end the tenancy so long as the tenant is in compliance with the terms of the rental agreement contract.

There are other less common just cause eviction grounds.