Washington Rental Lease Agreement Templates | PDF | Word

The Washington (state) rental agreements are formatted to be edited in Microsoft Word (.doc) or fillable in their generic format in Adobe PDF to bind a landlord and tenant together for a term as agreed upon. contracts may be written for residential or commercial property and must follow all State laws (Commercial 62A.2A | Residential Title 59) and upon the signature of both parties, after agreeing to all terms and conditions, the agreement will become legal and final. The tenant shall be granted access upon the first (1st) day of the term.

The Washington (state) commercial lease, in accordance with Chapter 62A.2A, lets a property owner of retail (such as a restaurant or store), office, or industrial type space rent to a tenant operating as a business as an individual or entity. If it is a entity, the landlord will want to verify it’s existence with the Secretary of State’s office. In addition, a thorough check of the principal should be made with the lease application.

A month to month lease agreement in the State of Washington is the same document as the standard lease except that, under Section 59.18.200, allows either landlord or tenant to cancel the arrangement with at least twenty (20) days’ notice. There are other local laws that the property owner/manager may need to be aware of, such as a different agreement for residents of Seattle vs outside of the City (Seattle owners should refer to the City’s Lease Laws). The agreement must…

The State of Washington rental application is a screening document used by landlords in to verify an individual’s income and employment status. The landlord has the option of digging deeper into the potential tenant’s background by viewing any liabilities, bank account balances, and requesting references such as previous property owners or managers that have had experience with the individual. The landlord is allowed to request a non-refundable fee for accepting the rental application. If the tenant is approved a lease…

The Washington (state) residential leases allow for a tenant to live and establish an agreement on the basis of paying rent every month to an owner or manager. In pursuant to residential laws (59.18 RCW) the landlord must fill-in the document with the landlord and tenant information along with the addresses for notices as well as an itemized list of all non-refundable fees. Once both landlord and tenant sign the document the arrangement becomes legal and final. Disclosure Forms Lead Paint…

In accordance with Chapter 59.18 RCW the Washington sublease agreement is for the renting of space, either a part of or whole, from a tenant to another person. The tenant will be acting as the sublessor and should always check with the landlord, out of good relations, to let them know that a sublet is occurring. The sublessor should understand that in a sublet situation they will always be responsible for the new tenant, or sublessee. This is especially common with…

The three (3) day notice to quit gives a tenant in Washington this amount of time to either pay the amount past due to the landlord or move-out of the property. If the tenant decides to do neither the landlord may file an unlawful detainer suit otherwise known as filing for an eviction. Seattle Laws – SMC 22.206.160(C) State Laws – 59.12.030 Versions Outside Seattle | Adobe PDF | Microsoft Word Within Seattle | Adobe PDF | Microsoft Word  


Checklist (PDF | Word) (59.18.160) – Upon move-in by the tenant, if the landlord required a security deposit, the premises must be reviewed for existing damage through this form.

Fire Safety (59.18.060) – The landlord must inform the tenant of the types of alarms and safety guides inside the rental unit prior to move-in.

Mold – All residential units must be approved by the Department of Health about the Health Hazards to verify that there is no mold in the unit.

Nonrefundable Fees (59.18.260) – Any fees that are not refundable must be stated in the lease agreement.

Security Deposit – The tenant must be made aware of the bank name, institution, and address of the branch.


Security Deposits

Maximum – There is no limit on how much the landlord may charge for the deposit at the beginning of the lease.

Returning – The landlord must give back the deposit, and all funds associated with it, to the tenant within twenty one (21) days after move-out.

Access to the Premises59.18.150

For maintenance purposes the landlord needs to provide at least two (2) days’ notice and one (1) day to show the property at the end of the term to other prospective tenants.