That anything referred to in a lease as a deposit must be fully refundable. Any monies that are not refundable must be referred to as a non-refundable fee (such as a cleaning fee, pet fee, etc). If a deposit or fee is charged:
- the rental agreement must be in writing and it must say what each deposit is for and what must be done in order to get the money back,
- a receipt must be given for funds paid,
- a written inspection report must be completed, signed by both parties and a copy given to the tenant, and
- all deposits must be held in a Washington state trust account.