Landlord Tenant Laws

As a rental property owner, it is imperative to acknowledge and adhere to the specific landlord-tenant laws and regulations that govern rental properties at both the state and city level. Failure to comply with these landlord-tenant laws may result in legal consequences and/or financial penalties. Seattle Rental Group is committed to assisting you in navigating and complying with these regulations, but ultimately, it is your responsibility as the property owner and landlord to be aware of the laws for your rental property, and to fulfill your obligations with regards to them.

Below you’ll find links to useful information regarding landlord-tenant laws in each jurisdiction. This disclosure does not constitute legal advice, nor is it by any means a full list of the potential laws applicable to your property. Please consult your attorney, city council, state representative, and/or local housing association should you need further information.

As a general rule, whichever jurisdiction’s policy is more strict shall preside. (For example: WA state requires 60 days’ notice for rent increases, but Seattle requires 180 days’ notice – the Seattle policy presides.)

Washington State –

City of Seattle –

City of Tacoma –

City of Kirkland –

City of Burien –

City of Redmond –

City of Renton –

City of Auburn –

City of Kenmore –

Unincorporated King County (Ames Lake, Baring, Boulevard Park, Bryn Mawr-Skyway, Cottage Lake, East Renton Highlands, Fairwood, Fall City, Greenwater, Hobart, Mirrormont, Ravensdale, Riverbend, Tanner, Union Hill-Novelty Hill area, Vashon, and White Center)