Recent D.C. Opinion on Lease and Option

In a recent opinion the Chancery Court of the District of Columbia considered what it characterized as an “unusual” and even “bizarre” question: Does the contract law of the District of Columbia require the owner of a building to accept a lease that no reasonable lessor would ever sign simply to facilitate the lessee’s exercise […]

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Essential Lease Terms

A lease may be formed by a meeting of the minds as to the essential terms even in the absence of a formal, signed lease document.[1]

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Landlords and Lead Based Paint

Upon sale or leasing of residential property built before 1978 the seller or lessor must comply with federal lead based paint disclosure requirements.[1] Failure to comply with these requirements may result in substantial fines. Even minor deviation from the required language may result in penalties as high as $11,000 per violation.[2]

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Section 8 Tenants and Federal Fair Debt Collections Law

In an important decision the New Jersey Court of Appeals held that landlords and their attorneys violated the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) by demanding in eviction pleadings more rent than allowed under both state and federal law.[1] The lease in question defined late fees and other charges as additional rent. The court held […]

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All Eviction Notice Forms are Not the Same

All eviction notice forms are not the same. It really does matter in what state or jurisdiction the rental property is located. Some states require 7 days notice to the tenant for failure to pay rent. Many require 3 days notice. Some none. Even within a state local county or city landlord-tenant law may change […]

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Ohio Supreme Court Holds Landlord Not Liable for Hostile Housing Environment

The Ohio Supreme Court has held that a landlord is not liable for a failure to prevent racial harassment of one tenant by another.    In a recent decision, Ohio Civil Rights Commission v.  Akron Metropolitan Housing  Authority, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission brought a lawsuit against Akron Metropolitan Housing after a series of racially […]

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Just the Fax – The Tenant May Appear and Defend the Eviction by Fax

A tenant who responds to a summons and complaint has appeared in the eviction action and is entitled to notice. Victory by default is no longer possible and the landlord must set a hearing in order to evict the tenant. Though courts have held phone calls to an attorney constitute an appearance, there has been […]

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New Mold Disclosure Law

New Mold Disclosure Requirement A new law went into effect July 24, 2005 that requires Washington landlords to make disclosures to all tenants regarding potential health hazards of mold.  The legislature found that “residents of the state face preventable exposures to mold” and that such exposure has “been found to have adverse health effects”. The […]

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Our eviction service.

Our eviction lawyer practices landlord-tenant law in King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston counties in the state of Washington.  We handle residential, commercial, and post-foreclosure evictions. We provide eviction service for landlords in residential eviction cases, and represent both landlord and tenant clients in commercial eviction cases. An experienced and reputable eviction lawyer will handle your eviction case from start to finish at a competitive rate.

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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.