The US Supreme Court recently rendered an important decision on the right to bear arms under the US constitution. The decision applies to government action, not private relationships such as landlord and tenant. The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that a public housing landlord may enforce a lease provision […]
The federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) applies to any person who regularly collects or attempts to collect debts for another. The definition might include property management firms under certain circumstances, but does not include landlords acting pro se. The FDCPA exempts attempts to collect debts that were not […]
In Washington a residential landlord may have the tenant served along with the summons and complaint a notice requiring the tenant to pay rent within seven days or serve a response indicating no rent is owed. If the writ of restitution is issued the defendant is entitled to a hearing […]
The legislature has passed and Governor Gregoire is expected to sign Monday, March 17, 2008, a new law that changes the landlord’s obligations to store a tenant’s belongings when a tenant is evicted.
[IMPORTANT UPDATE: The law has changed since this article was published. See article on new law regarding storing tenant property.] Abandonment is an absolute relinquishment of a known right. The landlord must be prepared to prove abandonment with clear and convincing evidence. In the event of such abandonment the landlord […]
NOTE: This information in this article has been superseded by subsequent legislation. See New Laws Protect Tenants When Landlord is Foreclosed An eviction notice is required for most evictions in Washington. However, case law establishes that such a notice is not required to evict someone after foreclosure. Twenty days […]
In Seattle a residential tenant may only be evicted for “just cause”. The just causes are enumerated in a city ordinance. A landlord may evict a tenant in a residential tenancy in Seattle for only those causes enumerated. A month-to-month tenant is essentially a tenant in perpetuity.
On June 8, 2006 I wrote in an article posted on this site about the new summons for residential unlawful detainer actions in Washington. In that article I wrote: Amendments to the Washington Residential Landlord-Tenant Act went into effect yesterday….It is unclear what…courts will do when inevitably many landlord plaintiffs […]
Amendments to the Washington Residential Landlord-Tenant Act went into effect yesterday. The new law changes mandatory language in one form of eviction summons.
It is legal in Washington to possess and use marijuana for medicinal purposes with the approval of a doctor. Recently in King County a landlord attempted to evict a tenant because of drug possession and use. At a show cause hearing the court set the matter for trial, rather […]