Washington Commercial Lease Agreement

Last Updated: January 20, 2023

The Washington commercial lease agreement is a contract that explains the terms and conditions associated with renting a commercial space, such as an office or retail building. This type of lease is often longer than a residential lease due to the expense associated with commercial spaces.

Washington Commercial Landlord-Tenant Law

  • Impact of New 2019 Laws on Commercial Rental Space – Most of the new laws that came into effect in 2019 affect residential rentals. For example, three days’ notice is still the law for starting an eviction for the non-payment of rent for a commercial property (14 days are required now for residential properties). Rent is still considered late the day after it is due. Attorney’s fee for eviction with default judgments are gone.
  • Squatters – A squatter is someone who occupies a vacant property without paying rent. If a property has squatters, then in Washington this is a civil matter and they must be legally evicted. The exception to this rule is if there is evidence of gaining entrance to the property by illegal entry. In that case, they can be arrested for trespassing.
  • Sublease – If a commercial lease is silent (says nothing) about the right of the tenant to sublease, the tenant is presumed to be able to sublease without the explicit consent of the landlord. However, to avoid problems, it is still better to have the landlord’s consent to a sublease in writing, which cannot be unreasonably withheld. The original tenant remains responsible for all the terms and conditions of the lease, should the sublease tenant fail to meet them.