Washington
Rent Increases & Fees

QUICK FACTS
  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Washington state landlords can raise rent only if there’s appropriate notice provided.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. For month-to-month tenancies, Washington landlords must provide 30 days notice from next rent due date and 60 days for those located in Seattle.
  • Bounced Check Fees. Washington state landlords may charge up to $40 for bounced checks.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

A Washington landlord is bound by the terms of the written lease. He/she may increase rent when the lease is renewed or if both parties agree to a change in the conditions of the lease. When dealing with a month-to-month tenant, a landlord may increase rent as he/she sees fit so long as the appropriate notice is provided (Washington Tenant Rights).

When is it illegal to raise rent?

In Washington state it is illegal for a landlord to raise rent based on the age, race, religion, nation or origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant Fair Housing Act.

It is also illegal for a Washington landlord to increase rent on a tenant in retaliation for his/her filing a complaint regarding the health, safety, or housing code violations of the rental property with the appropriate agency (RCW 59.18.240).

Is there a rent increase limit?

The state of Washington does not legislate the amount of rent a landlord may charge.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

A Washington landlord is required to provide a written 30-Day Notice to month-to-month tenants before increased rent may be expected (RCW 59.18.140).

In the city of Seattle, a landlord is required to provide a minimum 60-Day Notice prior to a rent increase on a month-to-month tenant, unless the tenancy is subsidized. It the tenant has subsidized rent, the landlord is required to provide a written 30-Day Notice prior to an increase in rent (Seattle Code 7.24.030).

How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

The state of Washington does not legislate the frequency with which a landlord may increase rent.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

Washington state has no legislation regarding a landlord’s ability to impose late fees. In the city of Seattle, a landlord is required to disclose any late fees in the written lease.

Laws Regarding Bounced Check fees

A Washington landlord may charge a tenant up to 12% interest and a collection fee of up to $40 when a rent check is returned for insufficient funds and remains unpaid for 15 days (RCW 62A.3-515).

Cities in the State With Rent Control

Washington state has no legislation controlling the amount of rent a landlord may charge. The state does have legislation preempting legislation attempts by local municipalities to control rent.