Owners can check (screen) your rental history, eviction history, credit history and criminal background before renting you out. Most of the time, they use a company to do these audits. The “screening tax” is paid by this company. Often, a tenancy agreement will say that the tenant will forgo his deposit if he does not give the correct 20-day termination, if he has evacuated the unit. This language may be an illegal waiver of your rights under the landlord-tenant law. In accordance with RCW 59.18.230 (2) (a), the law prohibits a lease to include a language that may waive these rights. Victims of domestic violence: If you are the victim of threatening behaviour by another tenant or your landlord, if you are a victim of domestic violence, you may be able to terminate your lease more quickly. RCW 59.18.352, 59.18.354, 59.18.575. Leases of more than one year are only valid if they are notarized. You can consult a lawyer because your lease can become a month-to-month contract after the first year, or there may be other factors that they need to consider in determining validity.
RCW 59.18.230 states that tenants cannot sign their rights under the law. The lessor cannot legally enforce the terms of the lease that violate government or local laws. For example, the lessor is still responsible for all repairs for defective situations that are not caused by the tenant or the tenant`s clients, even if the tenant signs a tenancy agreement stating that he agrees to make all necessary repairs during the lease. The inclusion of a clause contrary to other tenant protection laws does not invalidate the entire tenancy agreement. However, clauses that conflict with state law are not applicable. If the lease is terminated, the landlord can give you 10 days. RCW 59.12.030 (4). Example: you hold a cat despite the “No Pets” rule of the rental agreement. The owner can send you a message allowing you to solve the problem (find a new home for the cat) or undress it within 10 days.
There is no grace period in Washington State. Once you have signed a rental agreement, you agree to abide by its terms, unless the owner agrees to exempt you. If they agree to release you from your lease, make sure you have received it in writing and signed it from your landlord. The damage includes any loss of rent and the cost of advertising for the relocation unit. If your landlord tries to charge you more than his actual damages, or continue to rent you in addition to the deposit or charge a termination fee, you could argue that the owner is trying to punish you. Depends on what`s in the lease. It is not uncommon for termination fees to be included in leases. RCW 59.18.310, however, allows the landlord to mitigate the damage sustained when the tenant has broken his tenancy agreement.