A Landlord’s Guide to Screening Tenants

Many first-time landlords overlook the importance of evaluating prospective tenants to determine the likelihood the tenant will comply with the terms of the lease and maintain the rental property. Leasing to an unreliable tenant can have significant consequences for a landlord, including but not limited to: unpaid rent, legal fees and costs, and property damage. […]

Unlawful Detainer (Eviction) in Washington

An unlawful detainer action is a court proceeding designed to give landlords an efficient, cost-effective means to evict a tenant for breach of a lease agreement or other unlawful activities at the leased property (i.e. gang related activity, illegal activity, or waste). Residential evictions are generally governed by Chapter 59.12 RCW and the Residential Landlord […]

A Landlord’s Guide to Tenancies

By AARON DUNHAM, Attorney at Law Landlords should know what type of tenancy their rental agreements create. The differences between the tenancies are important for several reasons.  First, each tenancy is terminated in a different manner. Second, the type of tenancy may affect how and when an eviction action may be commenced against a tenant. […]

When Has a Tenant “Abandoned” Rental Property?

Washington landlords often find themselves puzzled when a tenant stops paying rent and disappears from a rental property. How can a landlord know when a tenant has abandoned rental property? If a tenant has abandoned, what are the appropriate steps a landlord may take to retake the rental property? Questions of abandonment are often complex […]

Tips for First-Time Residential Landlords

If you are thinking about renting your home or other residential property, there are many legal issues you should consider before you rent your property or advertise your property for rent. Under Washington Law, residential tenancies are governed by the Residential Landlord Tenant Act (RLTA), RCW 59.18 et. seq. This statute imposes many specific duties on […]