Basic Questions & Answers for the Tenant Regarding the Lease

What is a rental agreement? A rental agreement (called a “lease” in this pamphlet) is a binding written or oral contract between parties to establish or modify the terms, conditions and rules for a party’s use and occupancy of a residential premises. A properly written lease will eliminate most problems commonly arising between a landlord and a tenant, benefitting both parties Does my landlord have to provide me with a copy of the rental agreement I sign? Yes. The landlord must provide a copy of the rental agreement to each tenant that signs it. The tenant may request one free replacement copy during the tenancy. Am I still covered under the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act even though I don’t have a written rental agreement? Verbal tenancies are legal in Washington State and are considered valid month-to-month agreements. Who isn’t covered as…

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The Rights and Obligations which Exist between Tenants and Landlords

This information applies to most residential tenants who pay rent for a place to live, with some exceptions (e.g., those who pay rent to live in nursing homes, hotels and motels, and university-owned housing). A slightly different landlord-tenant law applies to those who live in a manufactured or mobile home park. What is a rental agreement? A rental agreement (called a “lease” in this pamphlet) is a binding written or oral contract between parties to establish or modify the terms, conditions and rules for a party’s use and occupancy of a residential premises. A properly written lease will eliminate most problems commonly arising between a landlord and a tenant, benefitting both parties. A lease may create a tenancy from week to week, month to month, year to year, or any other amount of time the parties agree to. To protect…

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