Category Archives: Did you know…

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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WASHINGTON STATE – #7 AND GROWING

[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

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PROPERTY ABANDONED – WA STATE

If a tenant abandons the rental property the landlord can take possession.  HOWEVER, the tenant must have indicated by word or deeds AND have unpaid rent before the landlord can declare the property abandoned.  If the tenant abandons any personal … Continue reading

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SEATTLE LAW OVERTURNED!

A King County Superior Court judge overturned Seattle’s “First Come, First Served” Ordinance.  The ordinance went into effect last year and required landlords to accept the first applicant who met screening criteria.  The judge ruled that while the goal of … Continue reading

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WASHINGTON STATE – FREE ADVICE

Washington State has a free advice and referral service for low-income people for civil matters, including Landlord-Tenant issues.  “CLEAR” has limited resources, but may: Give verbal or written advice that may help solve the problem; Send written legal information and/or forms … Continue reading

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HOW MANY IN A BEDROOM?

The HUD guideline of ‘two plus one’ needs to be considered only a guideline.  The rule of two persons per bedroom plus one extra, would allow for seven occupants in a three-bedroom rental (3×2 + 1).  However, HUD has clearly … Continue reading

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SEATTLE – SEATTLE – SEATTLE

Seattle’s “Fair Chance Ordinance” goes into effect on February 19, 2018.  This ordinance prohibits Seattle landlords from considering criminal history when screening a prospective tenant.  The only applicants who may be denied rental housing will be those listed on sex-offender … Continue reading

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RENT TRENDING LOWER???

Apartments rents had the largest drop in in price in the last decade in December.  This is primarily due to the large number of new apartments opening in the area.  Brand new complexes are offering move in specials in order … Continue reading

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