Roommates are protected under the Washington State Residential Landlord Tenant Act. We’ve had two calls recently from real estate brokers involved in a property sale where the seller resides in the home and has a roommate/tenant and the tenant is refusing to move out. If there is no written agreement, the tenant is, by statute, on a month-to-month rental agreement. If rent is due the first of the month, then that agreement runs from the first of the month to the end of the month. Notice to vacate must be served just as it would be if the tenant was in the property by him or herself. Within the Seattle City limits the Seattle Rental Ordinance applies.
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As residential property managers for Coldwell Banker Bain Property Management Division, we manage single family residences, individual condominium units and small apartment complexes in the greater Puget Sound region. We serve Seattle, Tacoma, Anacortes, Marysville, Bainbridge Island, Lynnwood, Everett, Redmond, Bellevue and many other cities in Washington State. We also offer full service commercial property management.