Travis Eller

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New Laws Mandate New Language in Eviction Notices

At both the state and local level new laws mandate changes in the language of important landlord-tenant documents, including the 14-day notice to pay rent or vacate as well as legal pleadings used in court. Failure to include legally required language in eviction documents is a defense to eviction and […]

New Seattle Tenant Protections in Response to COVID Crisis

Seattle has passed three new tenant protection laws in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Inability to pay defense. For a six-month period after the mayor’s residential eviction moratorium ends, tenants may raise an inability to pay as a defense. This law does not prevent landlords from starting an eviction action, […]

Federal Way Limits Landlords’ Eviction Remedies

The recently passed Federal Way “Stable Housing” initiative limits the grounds upon which landlords may evict tenants. These limits apply even if the tenant is month-to-month. The eviction grounds include non-payment of rent and other breaches of the rental agreement, or the tenant commits waste or nuisance. Some eviction grounds […]

Seattle First in Time Law Upheld

The controversial Seattle First in Time law was recently upheld by the Washington Supreme Court. Under the First in Time law, Seattle landlords seeking to fill vacant residential tenancies must provide notice of their rental criteria, screen applications in chronological order, and offer the tenancy to the first qualified applicant, […]

New Landlord-Tenant Laws

New laws recently went into effect that make important changes to residential landlord-tenant law.  These changes are too numerous and nuanced to exhaustively cover here. Some of the more important changes are highlighted below. 14-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Vacate There is no longer a 3-day notice for non-payment […]