Washington Rental Agreement

Last Updated: August 4, 2022

The Washington rental agreements are legal contracts that are created between a landlord and a tenant. These documents include the terms and conditions associated with the use of the property, including the amount of the rent. All agreements must comply with Washington’s landlord-tenant law.

Washington Rental Agreement Types

19 pages
Residential Lease Agreement

The Washington residential lease agreement (“rental agreement”) is a binding agreement between a landlord ("property owner") and tenant ("occupant") to rent residential property in exchange for a fee.

18 pages
Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

A Washington month-to-month lease agreement is a contract (written or oral) that allows a tenant to rent property from a landlord, in exchange for a fee (“rent”), for a period of thirty days at a time.

4 pages
Rental Application Form

The Washington rental application form is a legal document that is used by landlords and rental agents as part of leasing a property.

7 pages
Residential Sublease Agreement

The Washington sublease agreement is a binding legal contract that allows an existing tenant ("sublessor") to rent (“sublease”) all or part of their rental to a new tenant (“subtenant”).

9 pages
Roommate Agreement

The Washington roommate agreement (“room rental agreement”) is a binding legal contract that outlines the responsibilities of each inhabitant of a rental property in the event of a shared living situation.

8 pages
Commercial Lease Agreement

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.

Washington Required Lease Disclosures

  • Landlord’s Name & Address (required for all) – In order to send or receive legal notices and other communications pertaining to the rental property, all Washington landlords are required to provide their contact information in the leasing agreement.
  • Fire Safety and Protection Notice (required for some) – Washington landlords are required to provide a written disclosure or checklist detailing emergency evacuation routes and the property’s fire safety system, as well as whether or not the rental unit is equipped with operational smoke detectors, fire sprinklers, and alarms to limit liability from personal damages resulting from a fire.
  • Mold Disclosure (required for all) – To inform about the dangers of indoor mold, Washington landlords are required to provide a lease disclosure or notice in a conspicuous location, outlining risks and precautions.
  • Move-In Checklist (required for some) – Landlords in Washington must provide a written move-in checklist that takes inventory of the dwelling unit in order to collect a security deposit so that an itemized list of damages can be used to retain a portion of the security deposit at move-out.
  • Security Deposit Holdings Disclosure (required for some) – Washington landlords are required to provide holding information to the tenant as a form of receipt when retaining a security deposit so that the deposit can be verified to be handled legally and appropriately upon termination of the lease.
  • Fees Disclosure (required for some) – If a one-time, nonrefundable fee is charged it must be stated as a “nonrefundable” fee in the agreement. This can include fees for pets, access to amenities, or other expenses. If the fee is not disclosed in the agreement, they are subject to a refund upon termination of the lease.
  • Lead-Based Paint Disclosure (required for all) – Every Washington lease agreement is required to include a lead-based paint disclosure (to protect a landlord’s liability from damages) alongside an EPA-approved pamphlet and information about any existing hazards that exist in a pre-1978 building to help keep tenants safe.

To learn more about required disclosures in Washington, click here.

Washington Landlord Tenant Laws

  • Warranty of Habitability – In Washington, a lawful landlord must provide their tenants with hot/cold running water, plumbing, smoke detectors, and more. Should repairs be needed, a landlord must fix the issue within 10 days (for non-emergency issues), 72 hours (for issues with the refrigerator, oven, or plumbing), or 24 hours (for emergency repairs that are imminently hazardous to life). If these requirements are not met, a Washington tenant may use the repair and deduct method. A Washington landlord may not withhold rent.
  • Evictions – Washington landlords may evict tenants for a number of reasons including, but not limited to failure to pay rent, a violation of a leasing term, or committing an illegal act. Landlords must provide tenants with prior notice to pay, comply or quit, depending on the type of eviction. In most cases, an eviction in this state can be completed in a few weeks to a few months.
  • Security Deposits – Currently, Washington lacks a standard limit for security deposit values. Even so, all security deposits must be returned to their owner within 21 days of that tenant’s lease ending.
  • Lease Termination – To break off a month-to-month lease, a Washington tenant must provide at least 20 days of notice. Meanwhile, a Washington tenant can also prematurely terminate a fixed-term lease by providing proof of one of the following exceptions: active military duty, landlord harassment, unit uninhabitability, or domestic violence.
  • Rent Increases & Fees – A Washington landlord may charge as much as they want for rent, regardless of reason. Rent increases must come with a 60-day notice. Additionally, late fees are limited to $20 or 20% of the monthly rent amount (whichever is greater) and bounced check fees are capped at $40.
  • Landlord Entry – Tenants are required to give the landlord access to the property to make necessary repairs during reasonable hours.  However, a landlord must give tenants 48 hours’ notice unless it’s an emergency.
  • Settling Legal Disputes – Washington landlord and tenants may settle disputes through the state’s small claims court. This venue may be used for this purpose if their case is valued less than $10,000.

To learn more about landlord tenant laws in Washington, click here.