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About Coldwell Banker Bain Property Management

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.

RENTAL RATES – UP OR DOWN?

The increase in new construction apartments has resulted in higher vacancy rates and lower rents.  In Seattle, new apartments are offering up to two months free rent.  According to CoreLogic, vacancy rates in apartments range from 3.9% in Des Moines … Continue reading

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RENTERS INSURANCE

The content found above was created by Amica Insurance Company. Coldwell Banker Bain is not affiliated in any way with Amica insurance and this video was posted for informational purposes only. You are advised to obtain multiple quotes from different … Continue reading

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FAIR HOUSING – BETWEEN THE LINES

You know that fair housing laws require you to treat everyone the same, but that that means you must treat all rental applicants and tenants the same in even the subtle aspect of the rental process.  Examples include: –          If … Continue reading

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NOTICE TO ENTER A RENTAL PROPERTY

In Washington State, the amount of notice required before a landlord can enter the rental property varies depending on the reason.  The Landlord Tenant Act requires a landlord to give a 48-hour notice if the owner wants to enter for … Continue reading

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DISABILITY UPGRADES – RENTALS

Fair housing laws require that landlords permit, at the expense of the person with a disability, reasonable modifications of the rental property if necessary for the tenant’s full enjoyment of the premises. The landlord can require that the tenant restore … Continue reading

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FAIR HOUSING AND THE ADA

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) define service animals differently.  The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in public areas, such as employment, transportation, public accommodations and access to state and local government programs and services. … Continue reading

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10 DAY NOTICE – Washington State

If a tenant is not complying with a term of the lease, the tenant can be served with a Ten-Day Notice to Comply.  This notice is given to a tenant who is violating a term of the lease, for example, … Continue reading

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REAL ESTATE MARKET REALITY

One of the more difficult scenarios for property managers occurs after the property has been leased for a few years and the owner decides to sell the property.  Somehow, over the time the tenant was in place, the owner’s recollection … Continue reading

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TENANT DEPOSITS

The Washington State Residential Landlord Tenant Act requires a written move in inspection report, signed by both parties, if a deposit is collected.  If there’s no written inspection report, the landlord can’t withhold any portion of the deposit, even if … Continue reading

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Landscaping. Who takes care of it?

A common issue in rentals is who is going to maintain the yard.  Because maintaining the yard helps maintain the value of the property, it often makes financial sense to include some level of yard service in the lease.  Landlords … Continue reading

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