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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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First-in-Time

What You Need to Know About the “First-in-Time” Ordinance The Seattle City Council recently enacted a number of ordinances affecting landlords. One of those ordinances, commonly referred to as the First-in-Time Ordinance, is noteworthy for its complexity. This article analyzes Ordinance 125114 and suggests some steps landlords should take now that the “First in time” requirements […]

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Medical Marijuana and Reasonable Accommodations in Housing

Housing providers are required to make reasonable changes in their policies and procedures to allow benefit disabled individuals to fully benefit from the housing opportunity by both the Washington Law Against Discrimination and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. This obligation to provide a reasonable accommodation applies to private landlords. Some examples of reasonable accommodations […]

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Emerging Issues in Rental Housing Discrimination

Many landlords already know Washington prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, familial status, sex, military status, sexual orientation, disability, or use of a service animal. RCW 49.60.030(1). A lesser known discrimination issue involves a tenant’s participation in subsidized or Section 8 programs. Approximately 13 states enacted laws related to source […]

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First In Time Ordinance Struck Down

by Evan L. Loeffler, Attorney   Seattle’s “First in Time” ordinance was determined to violate the Washington Constitution on March 28, 2018.  The ordinance, considered the first of its kind in the nation, required landlords to publish their tenant selection criteria and rent property to the first applicant who meets those criteria.  Tenant advocates and […]

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