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Washington Landlord-Tenant Law 101 - Rights of All TenantsI've recently received a lot of questions regarding the general rights of all tenants.  I think it is important to remind landlords or potential landlords, that the following rights are held by all tenants, regardless of whether or not the...
As promised here is a short primer on nonrefundable fees.Nonrefundable fees will not be returned to the tenant under any circumstances.  In order for a landlord to charge any nonrefundable fees, the rental agreement must be in writing and specifically state that the fees will not be returned.   A...
At the beginning of the lease period it is not unusual for certain feeds and deposits to be taken.  While I will attempt to discuss nonrefundable fees in another post, I would like to take this opportunity to review refundable deposits and some of the more common requirements and formalities that...
I opened the email and could barely believe my eyes... "Hey guys!  Pitchers and catchers are about to report which means we need to start thinking about who we want to man our fantasy teams."Is it really that time already?  I could feel the anticipation mount.  Which quickly turned to fear as I r...
Not all provisions contained in standard rental agreements are necessarily legal.  Here are my top 5 illegal provisions that are slipped into rental agreements:Provisions that do not allow tenants to go to court to defend themselves against a landlord.Any provisions giving the landlord the right ...
There are three simple formalities that everyone needs to remember when drafting a lease.These three formalities can best be remembered by utilized the acronym: W-A-RWriting - A lease must be in writing if the term of the lease is for more than 1 year.  If no writing exists it will become a month...
Three different estates can be owned by tenants:Fixed Term LeasePeriodic TenancyAt WillA fixed term lease is an estate that continues for a fixed period of time and arises by agreement.  In addition a fixed term lease ends automatically.A periodic tenancy is a tenancy that continues from year to ...
The above statement is one step closer to becoming true, now that the Washington State Senate has passed SSB 6385 by a vote of 27-20.Although current owners sometimes have other options available to them such as third-party warranties, the legislature is working to ensure that contractors would b...
Dear Fellow Real Estate Professionals Whether it's a friend, a family member, or the neighbor down the street, we all know someone who has been touched by cancer. Many of us are concerned about this disease and want to do something to make a difference. That's why I've decided to take part in the...
Washington's real estate excise tax is among the highest in the nation, and anyone who has participated in the purchase or sale of real property likely knows of the process or at least remembers seeing it listed as a line item somewhere in the transaction.  In Washington this tax can be found und...

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