Act - In 1973 the State of Washington established the laws and regulations that apply to the owner/landlord and tenant relationship. It established monetary requirements, notice and eviction rights, harassment regulations, and other rental/lease characteristics.
Effective 1973 - The Landlord Tenant Act has been in effect since 1973. It has also been revised numerous times since.
Purpose - The Act recognizes the basic differences and needs between the residential renter and a commercial renter. The Act specifically outlines the rights and duties of landlords and tenants in this rental relationship.
Residential Housing - The Act applies only to what the Act calls "Dwelling Units" and not commercial space.
"Dwelling Units" - By definition a Dwelling Unit includes a home, residence, sleeping place included within a residence, multi-plex, apartment, and rental mobile home. Basically, any facility that can be utilized as a permanent residence for a tenant would be regulated by the Landlord Tenant Act.
Exemptions Under the Act - The Landlord Tenant Act exempts the following from its jurisdiction:
Institutions - An incidental residence in an institution whether it is a public or private facility.
Example: A person staying at a nursing home would be exempted from the Act.
Purchase Agreements - Occupants under a real estate purchase contract or an earnest money agreement are considered to be a buyer and not a tenant.
Transient Lodging - Halfway homes, hostels, hotels, motels, etc. are considered transient lodging and exempt under the Act.
Agricultural Land - When a person rents farmland and the residence is incidental to the rented land, the residence is exempt.
Agricultural Housing - Seasonal housing for agricultural workers is exempt under the Act.
Manager Occupancy - When an employee manager of the landlord is a tenant, but occupancy is based on employment in or about the premises, the Act exempts this relationship.
Landlord Duties - The main duty of a landlord is to maintain the premises so that it is fit for human habitation. The Act then goes on to determine what maintaining human habitation means. The landlord under the Act must provide:
Example: The tenant's children draw pictures on the hall walls with crayons.
In Washington, a lease for 1 year or more:
A) Must be in writing
B) doesn't need to be signed by the lessee
C) Both 1 and 2 are required
D) Neither 1 or 2 are required
I have a 5 year lease. There are 3 years left on the lease and I sign a contract with you whereby you will have use and possession of my leasehold estate for 2 of those 3 years. This is called a (an):
Under all leases, which of the following covenants is always implied?
A) Covenant of further assurance
B) Covenant of seizen
C) Covenant against encumbrances
D) Covenant of quiet enjoyment
The Washington Residential Landlord Tenant Act would apply to:
A) A rented mobile home used as a residence
B) An office leased in a commercial structure
C) Seasonal housing for agricultural purposes
D) a home being purchased under a real estate contract when title will not be conveyed until fulfillment
Under the Washington Landlord Tenant Act, once properly notified, a landlord has what period of time in which to repair a dangerous condition?
A) 24 hours
B) 48 hours
C) 7 days
D) 30 days
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