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Am I required to give tenants voter registration forms?

Seattle residential landlords are required to provide an information packet to all tenants. The landlord must provide voter registration information, which is included in the tenant information packet provided by the City. If the landlord fails to give the information packet, the tenant may give notice and terminate the rental […]

My lease terms say that if the tenant is in default I can change the locks, or skip the pay or vacate notice. Is this enforceable?

No. No matter what the tenant agreed to in the lease,  a landlord must go through the court process. A landlord may never change the locks, or engage in any similar self-help eviction tactics. It makes no difference what the lease terms are. It makes no difference that the landlord may […]