I attended the RHA association webinar on New WA State Laws in 2019 on May 2, 2019. Below I offer you a summary of new laws important to Rental Housing Owners. The following laws go into effect July 28, 2019.
Most Landlords agree, HB5600 will do little to actually protect tenants and just increase rent for the majority of lease abiding, rent paying tenants.
Here is bullet point summary:
On month to month leases, landlords must now provide 60 days notice ANY INCREASE, including rent, utilities, parking, storage, etc. Any monthly charge increase now requires a 60 day notice. Remains 30 day notice on fixed term leases.
The state law now matches Federal Law, service members can terminate a rental agreement with 20 days notice and written proof of orders. Must meet 1 of 6 requirements:
Must give 120 days Notice for Termination on month to month tenancy due to Building Substantial Rehabilitation. Defined, Substantial Rehabilitation is:
“Extensive structural repair or extensive remodeling of premises that requires a permit such as a building, electrical, plumbing, or mechanical permit, and that results in the displacement of an existing tenant.”
A property owner in violation of the policy is
liable up to 3x the monthly rent.
Eviction for Lack of Payment take longer and can be stopped more easily.
What to do? The Rental Housing Association recommends:
Sagareus is leaving policies as is, which include:
Month to Month Lease Terms have many issues for the Landlord