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Attorney General Residential Landlord-Tenant Resources

The Attorney General’s Office does not handle complaints about issues relating to the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act.  Here is a list of resources that may assist you with residential landlord/tenant issues: Help for Tenants: Self Help Brochure Northwest Justice Project’s “Your Rights as a Tenant in Washington”  Lawyer Referral  If you need low cost legal assistance, contact […]

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Seattle Municipal Code

Municipal Code Supplement 17 Update 1 Online content updated on May 21, 2019 SEATTLE MUNICIPAL CODE Codified through Ordinance No. 125792 (Supp. No. 17, Update 1) Adopted Ordinances Not Yet Codified For official copies of legislation, visit http://clerk.seattle.gov Ordinance No. 125815 EFFECTIVE 06/07/2019: AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO LAND USE AND ZONING; AMENDING SECTIONS 23.22.062, 23.24.045, 23.49.019, […]

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Washington City and County Codes

City Municipal Code Code Publisher Aberdeen Municipal Code Code Publishing Airway Heights Municipal Code Code Publishing Algona Municipal Code Code Publishing Anacortes Municipal Code Code Publishing Arlington Municipal Code Municipal Code Corporation Asotin Municipal Code Code Publishing Auburn Municipal Code Code Publishing Bainbridge Island Municipal Code Code Publishing Battle Ground Municipal Code Code Publishing Beaux […]

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The Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RCW 59.18)

Chapter 59.18 RCW RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD-TENANT ACT Sections 59.18.010 Short title. 59.18.020 Rights and remedies—Obligation of good faith imposed. 59.18.030 Definitions. 59.18.040 Living arrangements exempted from chapter. 59.18.050 Jurisdiction of district and superior courts. 59.18.055 Notice—Alternative procedure—Court’s jurisdiction limited—Application to chapter 59.20 RCW. 59.18.060 Landlord—Duties. 59.18.063 Landlord—Written receipts for payments made by tenant. 59.18.065 Landlord—Copy of written rental agreement to […]

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The Unlawful Detainer Statute (RCW 59.12)

Chapter 59.12 RCW FORCIBLE ENTRY AND FORCIBLE AND UNLAWFUL DETAINER Sections 59.12.010 Forcible entry defined. 59.12.020 Forcible detainer defined. 59.12.030 Unlawful detainer defined. 59.12.032 Unlawful detainer action—Compliance with RCW 61.24.040 and 61.24.060. 59.12.035 Holding over on agricultural land, effect of. 59.12.040 Service of notice—Proof of service. 59.12.050 Jurisdiction of proceedings. 59.12.060 Parties defendant. 59.12.070 Complaint—Summons. 59.12.080 Summons—Contents—Service. 59.12.085 Alternative service […]

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Evictions: Guidelines for Landlords and Property Managers

The following article outlines the eviction process, including termination notices required, “just cause” rules, lawsuit documents and physical evictions. First Step Whether your property is commercial or residential, the first step in evicting a problem tenant is identifying the reason for the eviction.  A landlord may terminate an expired or month-to-month lease for any reason […]

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