The US Justice Department last October announced the Sex Harassment Initiative to combat sexual harassment of tenants, proclaiming that “No woman should be made to feel unsafe in her own home.” Two months later the Justice Dept. filed a lawsuit against a Kansas landlord on allegations he sexually harassed tenants. The sexual harassment lawsuit is based on allegations […]
Originally, a landlord had no duty to present the rental in a habitable condition, or to make any repairs to keep it in a habitable condition. The only obligations the landlord had were the terms and conditions in the lease contract. This is still true of commercial tenancies, but in residential tenancies a warranty of […]
There is a widely-held consensus among economists—of both the “left” and “right” of economic thought—that rent control is bad economic policy. Consider these observations of economist Paul Krugman: The analysis of rent control is among the best-understood issues in all of economics, and among economists, anyway—one of the least controversial. In 1992 a poll of […]
The Trump administration recently announced that it is rolling back Obama administration polices that had tolerated marijuana businesses where legal under state law. Federal prosecutors are now free to enforce federal laws against marijuana, even if legal under local state law.  The sale and use of marijuana has remained illegal under federal law, despite […]
A Florida condominium resident who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was awarded $5,000 in damages by a jury and over $100,000 in attorney fees by the court. The condominium association had a twenty-five pound weight restriction for dogs. Ajit Bhogaita, a resident, acquired a dog that exceeded the weight limit. Bhogaita suffered from PTSD […]
Sadly, it is not unusual for tenants facing eviction to take ‘revenge’ (or to recoup what they see as their losses) by damaging your property or stealing things like appliances. Obviously this is not a situation in which any landlord wishes to find themselves. Tenant-inflicted damage (especially if willful and malicious) can cost thousands of dollars to […]
In many jurisdictions the typical expedited eviction process is not available to evict a family member. In some jurisdictions, rather than evicting a family member through the unlawful detainer process – which is the expedited eviction process applicable to landlord-tenant relationships – the family member can only be evicted through an ejectment action, which is […]
Looking For Honesty Is The Best Policy The vast majority of those in rented accommodation are good tenants who pay their rent on time and never cause their landlords any unnecessary trouble. Unfortunately however sometimes a good tenant can go bad and what was a happy, mutually beneficial relationship breaks down with it. On other […]
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If a tenant does not comply with the initial eviction notice, or does not voluntarily vacate at the end of the lease term, the landlord must litigate the eviction case in court (known as an unlawful detainer action).
Contact a landlord-tenant lawyer with any questions about how these laws affect you as a landlord.
New Landlord-Tenant Laws
Many new residential lanlord-tenant laws have been enacted at both the state and local levels. State law requires a 14-day notice for residential tenants and gives tenants more procedural rights in court. Seattle, Tacoma, Burien, and Federal Way have all enacted new landlord-tenant laws. With all the new laws it is more important than ever to consult with a lawyer before taking any action.
New Seattle Landlord-Tenant Laws
There are several new Seattle laws regarding residential landlord-tenant law, including:
- Residential Eviction Moratorium
- Commercial Eviction Moratorium
- Inability to pay as a defense
- Installment Rent Payment Plans
- Winter Eviction Ban
Burien just cause eviction.
Burien residential landlords must have just cause to evict tenants. The Burien just cause eviction law is similar to the Seattle just cause eviction law.
Tacoma Residential Evictions
Tacoma residential landlord-tenant laws impose many requirements on landlords. These include
- 60 days notice of rent increases
- Giving all tenants a Landlord-Tenant Law Summary
- Serving a Resources Guide with all eviction notices
- accepting deposits in installments
- 60 days notice to terminate month-to-month tenancies
Federal Way Eviction Laws
Federal Way has local eviction laws that limit grounds for eviction and require additional language in eviction notices.