Seattle Landlord-Tenant Packet Updated

Seattle residential landlords should take note. All residential landlords in Seattle are required to give a tenant at the beginning of a tenancy a landlord-tenant information packet published by the city. The Seattle information packet until recently contained an error. The former version of the packet incorrectly informed tenants that rent increases of more than 10% […]


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Which Lease Covenants Run With the Land?

Niko’s Gourmet Inc. rented commercial space from Pacific Security Financial Inc. The owners of Niko’s Gourmet Inc. personally guaranteed the lease obligations. Pacific Security Financial Inc. sold the building to Peyton Building, LLC. Pacific Security Financial Inc. and Peyton Building, LLC. did not, however, execute an assignment of the lease.


Landlords and Power of Attorney

  Corporations and LLCs when appearing in court must be represented by an attorney. “Washington law…requires individuals appearing before the court on behalf of another party to be licensed in the practice of law.” [1]  Accordingly, “corporations appearing in court proceedings must be represented by an attorney.”[2]  This is true even of single-member corporations and […]

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Fighting City Hall

Old City Hall LLC bought a commercial building in Tacoma with the intent to convert it into luxury condos. Old City Hall needed tenants in the building to vacate to speed up the process. Old City Hall offered to “buy out” existing commercial leases – offering the commercial tenants financial incentives to agree to terminate […]


Home Equity Skimming Dismissal Reversed by Supreme Court

A man with a learning disability and limited education lost his job in 2008, and soon fell over $10,000 behind on property taxes. The county had not yet issued a certificate of delinquency, but the homeowner felt desperate to borrow against the significant equity in his home and pay the taxes to save his house. […]

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