Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Washington State Residential Landlord/Tenant Act provides great protection to tenants. In a lease/rental agreement, the rights of a tenant can be increased, but cannot be decreased. Whatever provision offers the greatest protection or benefit to the tenant will stand in court, whether it comes from the Landlord/Tenant Act, the Seattle Rental Ordinance or the terms of the lease. For example, if the lease calls for a 30 day notice to vacate and the Landlord/Tenant Act requires a 20 day notice, 30 days' notice will be required. If the Landlord/Tenant Act requires a 30 day notice to increase the rental rate and the lease specifies 20 days notice, the law would supersede the terms of the lease and 30 days' notice would be required.
Posted by Lauren Hunnicutt