Free Washington Rental Lease Agreement


Sample Washington Rental Lease Agreement

RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENT

THIS RESIDENTIAL LEASE (the “Lease”) dated this ___ day of ____________________,20___.

BETWEEN:

_______________

(the “Landlord”)

– AND-

_______________

(the “Tenant”)

(individually the “Party” and collectively the “Parties”)

IN CONSIDERATION OF the Landlord leasing certain premises to the Tenant and other valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which consideration is hereby acknowledged, the Parties agree as follows:

    Leased Property

  1. The Landlord agrees to rent to the Tenant the house, municipally described as ______________________, ______________________, Washington, ______________________ (the “Property”), for use as residential premises only.
  2. No guests of the Tenants may occupy the Property for longer than one week without the prior written consent of the Landlord.
  3. Term

  4. The term of the Lease is a periodic commencing at 12:00 noon on _____________of _____________, 20___ and continuing on a month-to-month basis until the Landlord or the Tenant terminates the tenancy.
  5. Rent

  6. Subject to the provisions of this Lease, the rent for the Property is $_____________ per week (the “Rent”).
  7. The Tenant will pay the Rent weekly, on or before ______________ of each and every week of the term of this Lease to the Landlord at ______________________, ______________________, State of Washington, ______________________ or at such other place as the Landlord may later designate by Cash.
  8. Tenant Improvements

  9. The Tenant will obtain written permission from the Landlord before doing any of the following:

    1. applying adhesive materials, or inserting nails or hooks in walls or ceilings other than two small picture hooks per wall;
    2. painting, wallpapering, redecorating or in any way significantly altering the appearance of the Property;
    3. removing or adding walls, or performing any structural alterations;
    4. installing a waterbed(s);
    5. changing the amount of heat or power normally used on the Property as well as installing additional electrical wiring or heating units;
    6. placing or exposing or allowing to be placed or exposed anywhere inside or outside the Property any placard, notice or sign for advertising or any other purpose; or
    7. affixing to or erecting upon or near the Property any radio or TV antenna or tower.
  10. Insurance

  11. The Tenant is hereby advised and understands that the personal property of the Tenant is not insured by the Landlord for either damage or loss, and the Landlord assumes no liability for any such loss.
  12. Attorney Fees

  13. In the event that any action is filed in relation to this Lease, the unsuccessful Party in the action will pay to the successful Party, in addition to all the sums that either Party may be called on to pay, a reasonable sum for the successful Party’s attorney fees.

  14. Governing Law

  15. This Lease will be construed in accordance with and exclusively governed by the laws of the State of Washington.

  16. Severability

  17. If there is a conflict between any provision of this Lease and the applicable legislation of the State of Washington (the “Act”), the Act will prevail and such provisions of the Lease will be amended or deleted as necessary in order to comply with the Act. Further, any provisions that are required by the Act are incorporated into this Lease.

  18. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provisions of this Lease will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Lease.  Such other provisions remain in full force and effect.

  19. Amendment of Lease

  20. This Lease may only be amended or modified by a written document executed by the Parties.

  21. Damage to Property

  22. If the Property should be damaged other than by the Tenant’s negligence or willful act or that of the Tenant’s employee, family, agent, or visitor and the Landlord decides not to rebuild or repair the Property, the Landlord may end this Lease by giving appropriate notice.

  23. Care and Use of Property

  24. The Tenant will promptly notify the Landlord of any damage, or of any situation that may significantly interfere with the normal use of the Property or to any furnishings supplied by the Landlord.

  25. The Tenant will not engage in any illegal trade or activity on or about the Property.

  26. The Parties will comply with standards of health, sanitation, fire, housing and safety as required by law.

  27. The Parties will use reasonable efforts to maintain the Property in such a condition as to prevent the accumulation of moisture and the growth of mold. The Tenant will promptly notify the Landlord in writing of any moisture accumulation that occurs or of any visible evidence of mold discovered by the Tenant. The Landlord will promptly respond to any such written notices from the Tenant.
  28. If the Tenant is absent from the Property and the Property is unoccupied for a period of 4 consecutive days or longer, the Tenant will arrange for regular inspection by a competent person. The Landlord will be notified in advance as to the name, address and phone number of the person doing the inspections.

  29. At the expiration of the term of this Lease, the Tenant will quit and surrender the Property in as good a state and condition as they were at the commencement of this Lease, reasonable use and wear and tear excepted.

  30. Rules and Regulations

  31. The Tenant will obey all rules and regulations of the Landlord regarding the Property.

  32. Address for Notice

  33. For any matter relating to this tenancy, the Tenant may be contacted at the Property or through the phone number below. After this tenancy has been terminated, the contact information of the Tenant is:

    1. Name: _______________
    2. Phone: ______________________
  34. For any matter relating to this tenancy, whether during or after this tenancy has been terminated, the Landlord’s address for notice is:

    1. Name: _______________
    2. Address: ______________________, ______________________, State of Washington, ______________________

      The contact information for the Landlord is:

    3. Phone: ______________________
  35. General Provisions

  36. All monetary amounts stated or referred to in this Lease are based in the United States dollar.
  37. Any waiver by the Landlord of any failure by the Tenant to perform or observe the provisions of this Lease will not operate as a waiver of the Landlord’s rights under this Lease in respect of any subsequent defaults, breaches or non-performance and will not defeat or affect in any way the Landlord’s rights in respect of any subsequent default or breach.
  38. This Lease will extend to and be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the respective heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, as the case may be, of each Party. All covenants are to be construed as conditions of this Lease.
  39. All sums payable by the Tenant to the Landlord pursuant to any provision of this Lease will be deemed to be additional rent and will be recovered by the Landlord as rental arrears.
  40. Where there is more than one Tenant executing this Lease, all Tenants are jointly and severally liable for each other’s acts, omissions and liabilities pursuant to this Lease.
  41. Locks may not be added or changed without the prior written agreement of both Parties, or unless the changes are made in compliance with the Act.
  42. The Tenant will be charged an additional amount of .00 for each N.S.F. check or checks returned by the Tenant’s financial institution.
  43. Headings are inserted for the convenience of the Parties only and are not to be considered when interpreting this Lease. Words in the singular mean and include the plural and vice versa. Words in the masculine mean and include the feminine and vice versa.
  44. This Lease may be executed in counterparts. Facsimile signatures are binding and are considered to be original signatures.
  45. This Lease constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties.
  46. During the last 30 days of this Lease, the Landlord or the Landlord’s agents will have the privilege of displaying the usual ‘For Sale’ or ‘For Rent’ or ‘Vacancy’ signs on the Property.
  47. Time is of the essence in this Lease.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF _______________ and _______________ have duly affixed their signatures on this ___ day of ____________________,20___.

_________________________________
Landlord: _______________

 

_________________________________
Tenant: _______________

The Tenant acknowledges receiving a duplicate copy of this Lease signed by the Tenant and the Landlord on the _____ day of ______________________, 20____.

_________________________________
Tenant: _______________

 

 

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure

Property: ______________________, ______________________, Washington, ______________________
Landlord: _______________
Tenant: _______________

Landlord’s Disclosure

The Landlord CERTIFIES THAT:

  1. The Landlord has NO knowledge of any lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in or about the Property.
  2. The Landlord has NO records or reports relating to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in or about the Property.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

  Landlord: _______________

per: _________________________________

Tenant’s Disclosure

The Tenant ACKNOWLEDGES receipt of:

  1. the information contained in the above Landlord’s Disclosure including the above-mentioned reports and records; and
  2. the pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home (EPA-747-K-99-001) or an equivalent pamphlet that has been approved for use in the state by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

  Tenant: _______________

per: _________________________________

The pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home can be ordered in hard copy or can be printed from the website http://www2.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-lead-your-home.

Asbestos Disclosure

Property: ______________________, ______________________, Washington, ______________________
Landlord: _______________
Tenant: _______________

Landlord’s Disclosure

The Landlord CERTIFIES THAT:

  1. The Landlord has investigated and there is no asbestos in or about the Property.
  2. The Landlord has NO records or reports with respect to asbestos in or about the Property.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

  Landlord: _______________

per: _________________________________

Tenant’s Disclosure

The Tenant ACKNOWLEDGES receipt of the information contained in the above Landlord’s Disclosure including any reports and records.

Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

Tenant: _______________

per: _________________________________

Washington Rental Lease Agreement

The Washington rental lease agreement contains information on security deposits, leases, rent, fees, notices, entries, disclosures, court matters, and business licenses. Do you understand your rights and obligations with regards to these elements of the lease agreement? Well, keep reading.

  • The Official Rules and Regulations

    • Landlord and Tenant – Washington RCW §§ 59

    • Tenancies – Washington RCW §§ 59.04

    • Residential Landlord-Tenant Act – Washington RCW §§ 59.18

    • Official Duties of a Landlord and Tenant – Washington RCW §§ 59.18.060 and Washington RCW §§ 59.18.130 respectively

    • Manufactured/Mobile Home Landlord-Tenant Act – Washington RCW §§ 59.20

    • Small Claims Appeals – Washington RCW §§ 12.36

    • Duties of owners – Seattle Landlord Tenant Laws SMC §§ 22.206.160

    • Seattle Laws on Property Owner and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

Security Deposit

No statute sets the limit of the security deposit maximum

The deadline for returning the security deposit is 21 days

Unless it is agreed otherwise, and in writing the landlord received the interest paid on such trust account deposits

It is a requirement for landlords to set up separate security deposit bank accounts.

Charging nonrefundable fees is allowed in the Washington rental lease agreement. However, the fees shouldn’t be part of the deposit, and it should, therefore, be labeled non-refundable fees in the legal agreement.

Landlords can charge pet deposits, and other extra fees.

Regarding having a written and a signed move-in checklist, the landlord cannot collect any security deposit unless written in the rental lease agreement, and if a signed list of written checklists or a statement outlining the exact condition and cleanliness of the unit is issued

An itemized list of charges and damaged is required

No statute governs the requirement for record keeping of the deposit withholdings

The landlord shall issue a receipt of deposit with the name and address, as well as the location of the depository.

If the landlords fail to comply (doesn’t have a written checklist at the start of the tenancy), the prevailing party will recover court costs, as well as the reasonable attorney fees.

Lease, Fees, and Rent

No statute limits the due date for the rent

The rent increase notice is in the form of 30-day written notice for monthly leases.

A landlord has to provide a receipt for any payment made by tenants in cash form, upon a request by the tenant.

No statutes govern late fees, the rent grace period, and the prepaid rent.

Returned check fees can be charged as long as it does not exceed $40 or the face value of the check; whichever is less.

The tenant can withhold rent in case of the landlord’s failure to provide essential services like heating and water. The catch, however, is that the tenant has to notify the government and the authorities of the situation at hand, and they should deposit rent in an escrow account instead.

The tenant can repair and deduct rent. If the repairs require a licensed professional, the tenant has to issue the landlord with an estimate of the works before the works begin. The works should cost more than 2 months’ rent. However, if the repairs do not require licensed professional hands, the tenant could skillfully repair the defect, but the cost shouldn’t exceed one month’s rent.

The landlord can recover attorney and court fees

The landlord should make a reasonable attempt to mitigate any damages to the lessee; this includes any attempts to re-rent.

If a tenant abandons their property, the landlord can store the property, and eventually sell the property to compensate any damages and expenses as per rental lease agreement laws in Washington.

Notices and entry

No notice is necessary for the termination of leases in fixed-end-date leases

A 20-day notice is required for termination of monthly leases. A shorter notice is allowed for members of the armed forces

In cases of squatters or unapproved tenancies. The tenant is only liable for the rent for the time of their occupancy.

No statute guides the issuance of notice for date and time of move-out inspections.

A 3-day notice is required for the termination of all leases for nonpayment

A 10-day notice is issued for termination of the lease because of a lease violation, and a 3-day notice for engagement in nuisance of illegal activities.

A 2-day notice is required before entry

Entry is allowed, with notice, for non-emergency repairs and emergency works.

Entry with notice is also essential for showings and entry is allowed without notice for emergencies.

The state of Washington has no statutes for notice to tenants on pesticide use or entry during a tenant’s extended absence.

Lockouts and utility shutoffs are not allowed.

Disclosures and Miscellaneous Notes

It covers the official duties of the tenant/ landlords, a copy of the lease, name, and addresses, Lead disclosures, domestic violence situations, adverse action notice, City of Seattle, and Retaliation.

Court Matters

Oregon Small Claims Court has set its limits to at least $250 but under $5,000. The court doesn’t allow eviction cases.

Business Licenses

No statewide statutes exist. This changes in cities and counties

In Seattle, the rental properties must be registered with the state of planning and development.

Now that you know your obligation and applicable rental laws, you can fill our rental lease agreement Washington form here.

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