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What Is a Washington Lease Agreement?

A Washington lease agreement is a written contract between the landlord and the tenant. The landlord agrees to lease the premises to the tenant. The tenant agrees to pay a certain amount each month. All Washington lease agreements must comply with the state’s landlord-tenant laws. If they don’t they’re illegal.

The Most Commonly Used Washington Lease Agreements

In Washington, the most commonly used residential lease agreements are the annual standard lease agreement, the month-to-month agreement, lease to own agreement, an agreement between roommates, and a sublease agreement.

How to Write a Standard Washington Lease Agreement

Writing a standard Washington lease agreement will depend on whether you are within or outside of Seattle city limits. Here’s some basic information about what’s included in both (remember to review Seattle city laws about the differences):

  • The date the lease is created
  • The legal name and address of both the landlord and the tenant
  • The address of the leased property
  • The number of individuals who may reside in the unit
  • Whether pets are allowed
  • Whether smoking is allowed
  • The number of vehicles / RVs / boats that may be parked at the premises
  • The amount of the rent, when it is due, and how it may be paid
  • Any fees the tenant may need to pay such as a late fee or a NSF fee
  • Which utilities the tenant must pay
  • The amount of the security deposit and if any of it is nonrefundable

The lease agreement must be signed and dated by both the landlord and the tenant. Remember, you’ll need specific provisions depending on where you live in Washington. This is just meant to help you get started.

What Disclosures Must Be Made in Washington Lease Agreements?

Under Washington law, the following must be disclosed to the tenant:

The landlord is also required to give the tenant at least 2 days’ notice for repairs and 1 day of notice if they are showing the property.

What You Need to Know about Washington Lease Deposits

There is no maximum on how much the landlord may request as a security deposit. The deposit must be returned within 14 days of the tenant vacating the property.

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