UTILITIES

There are limitations on a landlord’s responsibility for utility bills not paid by a tenant.  If a municipality (for example, Seattle City Light or Tacoma PUD) fails to notify the owner that a tenant has not paid a utility bill, the municipality cannot place a lien on the property nor may it collect delinquent charges for electric light or power services from the owner, if the owner provided a request for the notification.  The owner is required to notify the municipality within 14 days of a change in tenancy, either a change in tenants or a vacancy.

We are here to help you and your clients comply with all aspects of the rental market. Please contact us for further assistance!

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SEATTLE, AGAIN!!

In Seattle, you cannot serve a tenant with a notice to vacate, based on the owner’s intention to sell the property, after a purchase and sale agreement has been signed. Within the Seattle City limits, the owner must cite the reason for the eviction or lease termination. If the owner intends to sell the property, a 90-day notice is required. In a recent Washington Court of Appeals case, Thoreson Homes v Prudhon, the buyers included a provision that the sellers give notice to vacate to the tenants prior to closing.  The tenant refused to vacate, arguing that the owner couldn’t evict based on their intent to sell because the owner had already sold the property.  The Court of Appeals found for the tenant. If you represent a buyer or seller in Seattle where there is a tenant in place, refer your clients to an attorney!

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SPRING AHEAD

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CREDIT REPORTS

It is a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act for a landlord to show anyone a tenant’s credit report without the tenant’s written permission.  Even the buyer of a property with a tenant in place does not have the right to see the existing tenant’s credit report unless the tenant gives permission.

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Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) require a permit. There may be additional requirements depending on the location.  A legal ADU must have one of its units occupied by the property owner, usually as a permanent and principal residence. If permitted as an ADU, if the owner moves out, s/he may not rent out both units to tenants.

In Seattle, if an owner is discovered to be renting out a unit in an illegal duplex, if the property cannot obtain the required permit, the city will force the landlord to evict the tenants and remove the second kitchen. Stiff fines can be levied for non-compliance.  If a notice of code violation is received and the problem isn’t fixed in a timely manner, the city may impose fines between $150 to $500 a day with additional fines for violations in single-family zones.

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But It’s MY house, isn’t it?

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MAKING SENSE OF SEATTLE RENTAL REGULATIONS?

The Seattle City Council passed an ordinance limiting move in costs for tenants on 12/11/16.  The measure includes the following provisions:

The total amount of security deposits and non-refundable fees (including screening fees) is limited to a maximum of the amount of the first full month’s rent.

Other than non-refundable move-in fees, security deposits, and last month’s rent, landlords are prohibited from charging tenants any one-time fee at the beginning of the tenancy. (Think of HOA move in fees.)

If the tenant has paid a non-refundable move-in fee for cleaning, the landlord may not deduct additional cleaning fees from the tenant’s security deposit.

The total amount of non-refundable move-in fees may not exceed 10% of the first full month’s rent, unless actual screening costs exceeds this amount and the charges are customary, then the actual cost may be charged.

The tenant may elect to pay deposits and nonrefundable fees in equal payments, based on the length of the lease:

·         Six month or longer lease –six equal monthly payments.

·         Lease between 30 days and six months – four equal payments.

·         Month-to-month tenancy – two equal payments.  First payment due at inception of lease, second due on first day of third week of tenancy.

Tenant may also elect to pay pre-paid last month’s rent in increments.

·         Six month or longer lease – six equal payments.

·         Lease between 60 days and six months – four equal payments.

Pet deposit may be no more than 25% of first full month’s rent.  This may be paid in three equal payments.

A landlord who includes provisions prohibited by the ordinance in a new rental agreement, or in a renewal of an existing agreement, shall be liable to the tenant for up to $3,000 plus reasonable attorney fees and costs.

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TENANT BANKRUPTCY

If a tenant files bankruptcy and includes rent in the action, an “automatic stay” goes into effect. This means that no legal action can be taken against the tenant without the permission of the bankruptcy court. Even if an eviction action has already been started, the property cannot be recovered without the approval of the bankruptcy court and this can be an extended process.

Pre-screening prospective tenants is extraordinarily important.  Please contact us for further assistance!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

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