Washington Residential Lease

Washington Residential Lease

Easily create a residential lease or monthly rental agreement with this ready-to-use legal form, specifically tailored to comply with Washington state law and, where necessary, Seattle law as well. This form lets you specify who can live on the property, the amount of rent, and how it's to be paid; set the security deposit and explain how it will be used and returned; explain your rights to enter the rental and the tenant's and landlord's upkeep responsibilities.

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Alternate Selection: [lease or month-to-month]
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Lease

Residential Lease

Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

Residential Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

Identification of Landlord and Tenant

This Agreement is between  ("Tenant") and  ("Landlord"). Each Tenant is jointly and severally liable for the payment of rent and performance of all other terms of this Agreement. 

Identification of Premises and Occupants

Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, Landlord rents to Tenant, for residential purposes only, the premises located at , Washington ("Premises"). The Premises will be occupied by the Tenant and the following minor children: 

Alternate Selection: [additional items included]
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Yes

Rental of the Premises also includes: .

No  
Alternate Selection: [excluded items option]
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Yes

Rental of the Premises excludes: .

No  

Term of the Tenancy

Alternate Selection: [lease or month-to-month]
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Lease

The term of the rental will begin on , and will expire on .

Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

The rental will begin on  and continue on a month-to-month basis. Tenant may terminate the tenancy by giving Landlord  20 days' written notice. Landlord may terminate the tenancy by giving Tenant 20 days' written notice.

Alternate Selection: [landlord notice raising rent]
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Rule for non-Seattle rentals

Landlord may modify this Agreement by giving Tenant 30 days' written notice.

Rule for Seattle rentals

Landlord may modify this Agreement by giving Tenant 30 days' written notice. If  the modification involves an increase in Tenant's housing costs, which include the rent and any periodic fees paid to Landlord, Landlord will give 60 days' written notice if the proposed new housing costs exceed by 10% or more those charged for any month in the preceeding twelve months.

Amount and Schedule for the Payment of Rent

Tenant will pay to Landlord a monthly rent of $, payable on the  day of each month, except when that day falls on a weekend or legal holiday, in which case rent is due on the next business day. Rent will be paid to .

Alternate Selection: [eft only option]
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Yes

Landlord will accept rent in the form of electronic funds transfer:

No

Landlord will accept rent in the form of:

Multiple Selection: [form of payment]
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Cash cash
Personal check personal check
Certified funds or money order certified funds or money order
Credit or debit card credit or debit card
Automated electronic funds transfer

automated electronic funds transfer: 

Multiple Selection: [mail and in person payment]
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Mailed rent

Rent can be mailed to , or at such other place as Landlord will designate from time to time.

Personal delivery

Rent is accepted during the following days and hours: 

Alternate Selection: [prorated rent option]
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Yes

On signing this Agreement, Tenant will pay to Landlord for the period of  through  the sum of $ as prorated rent. 

Alternate Selection: [prorated rent plus one month more]
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Yes

In addition, Tenant will owe rent for the first full month, so that the rent due upon signing is the prorated rent specified above ($), plus one full month's rent ($), for a total of $.

No  
No  

Late Charges

Because Landlord and Tenant agree that actual damages for late rent payments are very difficult or impossible to determine, Landlord and Tenant agree to the following stated late charge as liquidated damages. 

Alternate Selection: [late rent grace period option]
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Grace days

Tenant will pay Landlord a late charge if Tenant fails to pay the rent in full within  days after the date it is due.

No grace days

Tenant will pay Landlord a late charge if Tenant fails to pay the rent on the day it is due.

The late charge will be $, plus $ for each additional day that the rent continues to be unpaid. The total late charge for any one month will not exceed $. Landlord does not waive the right to insist on payment of the rent in full on the date it is due.

Returned Check and Other Bank Charges

If any check offered by Tenant to Landlord in payment of rent or any other amount due under this Agreement is returned for lack of sufficient funds, a "stop payment," or any other reason, Landlord will demand in writing that Tenant pay Landlord the face value of the check. If the check is not received within fifteen days, Tenant will owe Landlord the face value of the check, interest at 12% per year from the date of dishonor, plus a returned check fee, which may not exceed $40.

Amount and Payment of Deposits

Unchangeable Alternate Selection: [deposit lease or monthly]
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Lease
Alternate Selection: [deposit new or renewal option]
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New lease

On signing this Agreement, Tenant will pay to Landlord the sum of $ as a security deposit. Tenant may not, without Landlord's prior written consent, apply this security deposit to the last month's rent or to any other sum due under this Agreement. Within one month after Tenant has vacated the Premises, returned keys, and provided Landlord with a forwarding address, Landlord will return the deposit in full or give Tenant an itemized written statement of the reasons for, and the dollar amount of, any of the security deposit retained by Landlord, along with a check for any deposit balance.

Upon signing this lease, Tenant acknowledges that Landlord has given Tenant a written list of preexisting damage, if any.

The security deposit will be held in an account at .

Renewal
Alternate Selection: [renewal terms]
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No increase

Landlord has on account the sum of $, which Landlord collected when Tenant signed a lease with Landlord on . Landlord applies this sum to this lease.

Tenant may not, without Landlord's prior written consent, apply this security deposit to the last month's rent or to any other sum due under this Agreement. Within one month after Tenant has vacated the Premises, returned keys, and provided Landlord with a forwarding address, Landlord will return the deposit in full or give Tenant an itemized written statement of the reasons for, and the dollar amount of, any of the security deposit retained by Landlord, along with a check for any deposit balance.

Upon signing this lease, Tenant acknowledges that Landlord has given Tenant a written list of preexisting damage, if any.

The security deposit will be held in an account at .

Increase

Landlord has on account the sum of $, which Landlord collected when Tenant signed a lease with Landlord on . Landlord now collects an additional sum of $. Tenant's total security deposit is now $

Tenant may not, without Landlord's prior written consent, apply this security deposit to the last month's rent or to any other sum due under this Agreement. Within one month after Tenant has vacated the Premises, returned keys, and provided Landlord with a forwarding address, Landlord will return the deposit in full or give Tenant an itemized written statement of the reasons for, and the dollar amount of, any of the security deposit retained by Landlord, along with a check for any deposit balance.

Upon signing this lease, Tenant acknowledges that Landlord has given Tenant a written list of preexisting damage, if any.

Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

On signing this Agreement, Tenant will pay to Landlord the sum of $ as a security deposit. Tenant may not, without Landlord's prior written consent, apply this security deposit to the last month's rent or to any other sum due under this Agreement. Within one month after Tenant has vacated the Premises, returned keys, and provided Landlord with a forwarding address, Landlord will return the deposit in full or give Tenant an itemized written statement of the reasons for, and the dollar amount of, any of the security deposit retained by Landlord, along with a check for any deposit balance.

Upon signing this lease, Tenant acknowledges that Landlord has given Tenant a written list of preexisting damage, if any.

The security deposit will be held in an account at .

 

Alternate Selection: [interest option]
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Yes

Landlord will pay interest on Tenant's security deposit as follows: .

No  
Alternate Selection: [cleaning fee option]
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Yes

Tenant will pay Landlord a nonrefundable cleaning fee of $.

No  

Utilities 

Multiple Selection: [paying utilities]
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Tenant pays all utilities

Tenant is responsible for paying all utilities.

Tenant pays all utilities except for specified

Tenant is responsible for paying all utilities except the following: 

Tenant pays selected pursuant to third party billing

Landlord or a third party will bill Tenant for the following City-provided utilities.

Multiple Selection: [city utils]
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Water Landlord will use the following method to calculate Tenant's portion of the water bill: 
Sewer Landlord will use the following method to calculate Tenant's portion of the sewer bill: 
Garbage Landlord will use the following method to calculate Tenant's portion of the garbage bill: 
Electricity Landlord will use the following method to calculate Tenant's portion of the electricity bill: 

Prohibition of Assignment and Subletting

Tenant will not sublet any part of the Premises or assign this Agreement without the prior written consent of Landlord. Neither shall Tenant sublet or rent any part of the Premises for short term stays of any duration, including but not limited to vacation rentals. Violating this clause is grounds for terminating the tenancy.

Tenant's Maintenance Responsibilities 

Tenant agrees to: (1) keep the Premises clean and sanitary and in good repair and, upon termination of the tenancy, to return the Premises to Landlord in a condition identical to that which existed when Tenant took occupancy, except for ordinary wear and tear; (2) immediately notify Landlord of any defects or dangerous conditions in and about the Premises of which they become aware; and (3) reimburse Landlord, on demand by Landlord, for the cost of any repairs to the Premises, including Landlord's personal property therein, damaged by Tenant or Tenant's guests or invitees through misuse or neglect.

Possession of the Premises 

If, after signing this Agreement, Tenant fails to take possession of the Premises, Tenant will still be responsible for paying rent and complying with all other terms of this Agreement. In the event Landlord is unable to deliver possession of the premises to Tenant for any reason not within Landlord's control, including but not limited to failure of prior occupants to vacate or partial or complete destruction of the Premises, Tenant will have the right to terminate this Agreement. In such event, Landlord's liability to Tenant will be limited to the return of all sums previously paid by Tenant to Landlord.

Pets 

Alternate Selection: [pets permitted or not]
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No pets

No animal may be kept on the Premises without Landlord's prior written consent, except animals needed by tenants who have a disability, as that term is understood by law.

Specified types of pets allowed

No animal may be kept on the Premises without Landlord's prior written consent, except animals needed by tenants who have a disability, as that term is understood by law, except for the following: , under the following conditions: .

Landlord's Access for Inspection and Emergency

Landlord or Landlord's agents may enter the Premises in the event of an emergency, to make repairs or improvements, or to show the Premises to prospective buyers or tenants. Landlord may also enter the Premises to conduct an annual inspection to check for safety or maintenance problems. Except in cases of emergency, Tenant's abandonment of the Premises, court order, or where it is impractical to do so, Landlord will give Tenant  two days' written notice before entering. 

Extended Absences by Tenant

Tenant agrees to notify Landlord in the event that Tenant will be away from the Premises for  consecutive days or more. During such absence, Landlord may enter the Premises at times reasonably necessary to maintain the property and inspect for damage and needed repairs.

Prohibitions Against Violating Laws and Causing Disturbances

Tenant will be entitled to quiet enjoyment of the Premises. Tenant and Tenant's guests or invitees will not use the Premises or adjacent areas in such a way as to: (1) violate any law or ordinance, including laws prohibiting the use, possession, or sale of illegal drugs; (2) commit waste or cause or tolerate a nuisance; or (3) annoy, disturb, inconvenience, or interfere with the quiet enjoyment and peace and quiet of any other tenant or nearby resident.

Repairs and Alterations

Except as provided by law or as authorized by the prior written consent of Landlord, Tenant will not make any repairs or alterations to the Premises. Tenant will not, without Landlord's prior written consent, alter, rekey, or install any locks to the Premises; or install or alter any burglar alarm system. Should Landlord give consent, Tenant will provide Landlord with a key or keys capable of unlocking all such rekeyed or new locks, as well as instructions on how to disarm any altered or new burglar alarm system.

Damage to the Premises

In the event the Premises are partially or totally damaged or destroyed by fire or other cause, the following will apply:

a.   Premises totally damaged and destroyed. Landlord will have the option to: (1) repair such damage and restore the Premises, with this Agreement continuing in full force and effect, except that Tenant's rent will be abated while repairs are being made; or (2) give written notice to Tenant terminating this Agreement at any time within thirty (30) days after such damage, and specifying the termination date; in the event that Landlord gives such notice, this Agreement will expire and all of Tenant's rights pursuant to this Agreement will cease.

b.   Premises partially damaged by fire or other cause. Landlord will attempt to repair such damage and restore the Premises within thirty (30) days after such damage. If only part of the Premises cannot be used, Tenant must pay rent only for the usable part, to be determined by Landlord. If Landlord is unable to complete repairs within thirty (30) days, this Agreement will expire and all of Tenant's rights pursuant to this Agreement will terminate at the option of either party. Whether the Premises are totally or partially destroyed will be decided by Landlord, in the exercise of its sole discretion.

c.   In the event that Tenant, or Tenant's guests or invitees, in any way caused or contributed to the damage of the Premises, Landlord will have the right to terminate this Agreement at any time, and Tenant will be responsible for all losses, including, but not limited to, damage and repair costs as well as loss of rental income.

d.   Landlord will not be required to repair or replace any property brought onto the Premises by Tenant.

Renters' Insurance

Unchangeable Alternate Selection: [renters\' insurance unchangeable]
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Lease

Tenant acknowledges that Landlord's property insurance policy will not cover damage to or loss of Tenant's personal property. Tenant will obtain a renters' insurance policy that will:

  • reimburse Landlord for cost of fire or water damage and vandalism to the Premises;
  • indemnify Landlord against liability to third parties for any negligence on the part of Tenant, Tenant's guests, or invitees; and
  • cover damage to Tenant's personal possessions to a minimum of $

Tenant will provide Landlord with proof of such policy by giving Landlord a certificate of insurance issued by the insurance company within fifteen (15) days of . The policy will include Landlord as an "additional insured." Tenant will provide Landlord with a certificate of insurance upon every renewal. Tenant will not allow such policy to expire during the rental term. Failure to obtain and maintain a renters' insurance policy will be treated as a material breach of this Agreement.

Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

Tenant acknowledges that Landlord's property insurance policy will not cover damage to or loss of Tenant's personal property. Tenant will obtain a renters' insurance policy that will:

  • reimburse Landlord for cost of fire or water damage and vandalism to the Premises;
  • indemnify Landlord against liability to third parties for any negligence on the part of Tenant, Tenant's guests, or invitees; and
  • cover damage to Tenant's personal possessions to a minimum of $

Tenant will provide Landlord with proof of such policy by giving Landlord a certificate of insurance issued by the insurance company within fifteen (15) days of . The policy will include Landlord as an "additional insured." Tenant will provide Landlord with a certificate of insurance upon every renewal. Tenant will not allow such policy to expire during the rental term. Failure to obtain and maintain a renters' insurance policy will be treated as a material breach of this Agreement.

 Authority to Receive Legal Papers

The following person or persons are authorized to accept service of process and receive other notices and demands:

Multiple Selection: [receiving legal papers]
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Manager The manager, , at ; phone: ; email: .
Landlord The Landlord, , at ; phone: ; email: .
Other person  at ; phone: ; email: .

Lead-Based Paint and/or Lead Based Paint Hazards

Alternate Selection: [property construction date]
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Post-1978 construction

The Premises are exempt from federal lead-based paint and paint hazards disclosure requirements.

Pre-1978 construction
Alternate Selection: [pre-1978]
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Property is not exempt

Tenant has received the Disclosure of Information on Lead-Based Paint and/or Lead-Based Paint Hazards, and the booklet, Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home.

Property is exempt

The Premises are exempt from federal lead-based paint and paint hazards disclosure requirements.

Grounds for Termination of Tenancy

The failure of Tenant or Tenant's guests or invitees to comply with any term of this Agreement, or the misrepresentation of any material fact on Tenant's Rental Application, are grounds for termination of the tenancy, with appropriate notice to Tenant and procedures as required by law.

Alternate Selection: [court costs and attorney fees]
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Yes

Payment of Court Costs and Attorney Fees in a Lawsuit

In any action or legal proceeding to enforce any part of this Agreement, the prevailing party will recover reasonable attorney fees and court costs.

No  
Alternate Selection: [additional disclosures]
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Yes

Additional Disclosures

Multiple Selection: [additional disclosure clauses]
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Tenant is reponsible for maintaining smoke detection device in the premises Tenant is responsible for maintaining the Premises' smoke detection device in working order (failure to do so may result in a fine of up to $200).
Landlord is attaching a description of the building's fire protection and safety features Landlord has attached to this lease a description of the building's fire protection and safety features, including an emergency notification plan or evacuation plan.
Landlord is attaching information on indoor mold Landlord has attached to this lease information supplied by the Washington Department of Health or the federal Environmental Protection Agency on the health effects of indoor mold, and how tenants can control mold growth in their units.
No  
Alternate Selection: [additional provisions option]
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Yes

Additional Provisions

Additional provisions are as follows:

No  
Alternate Selection: [rules and regulations]
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Yes

Rules and Regulations

Tenant acknowledges receipt of, and has read a copy of, Landlord's rules and regulations, which are attached to and incorporated into this Agreement by reference. Tenant understands that serious or repeated violations of the rules may be grounds for termination.

No  
Alternate Selection: [cosigner option]
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Yes

Cosigner Agreement

Cosigner, , agrees to be jointly and severally liable with Tenant for Tenant's obligations arising out of this lease, including but not limited to unpaid rent, property damage, and cleaning and repair costs. Cosigner further agrees that Landlord will have no obligation to give notice to Cosigner should Tenant fail to abide by the terms of the lease or rental agreement. Landlord may demand that Cosigner perform Tenant's obligations under this Agreement without first using Tenant's security deposit.

No  


Keep Together

Entire Agreement, Validity of Each Part, Modifications in Writing 

This document constitutes the entire agreement between the parties, and no promises or representations, other than those contained here and those implied by law, have been made by Landlord or Tenant. If any portion of this Agreement is held to be invalid, its invalidity will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement. Any modifications to this Agreement must be in writing, signed by Landlord and Tenant. 

Signature: ____________________________________________         Date: _______________ 

Address: 
Email: 
Phone: 

Alternate Selection: [number of tenants]
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One

Tenant Signature: _________________________________________         Date: ___________
Current address: _______________________________________________________________
Email: _____________________________________________    Phone: (_____)___________    

Two

Tenant Signature: _________________________________________         Date: ___________
Current address: _______________________________________________________________
Email: _____________________________________________    Phone: (_____)___________

Tenant Signature: _________________________________________         Date: ___________
Current address: _______________________________________________________________
Email: _____________________________________________    Phone: (_____)___________

Three

Tenant Signature: _________________________________________         Date: ___________
Current address: ______________________________________________________________
Email: _____________________________________________    Phone: (_____)___________

Tenant Signature: _________________________________________         Date: ___________
Current address: ______________________________________________________________
Email: _____________________________________________    Phone: (_____)___________

Tenant Signature: _________________________________________         Date: ___________
Current address: ______________________________________________________________
Email: _____________________________________________    Phone: (_____)___________
Four

Tenant Signature: _________________________________________         Date: ___________
Current address: ______________________________________________________________
Email: _____________________________________________    Phone: (_____)___________

Tenant Signature: _________________________________________         Date: ___________
Current address: ______________________________________________________________
Email: _____________________________________________    Phone: (_____)___________

Tenant Signature: _________________________________________         Date: ___________
Current address: ______________________________________________________________
Email: _____________________________________________    Phone: (_____)___________

Tenant Signature: _________________________________________         Date: ___________
Current address: ______________________________________________________________
Email: _____________________________________________    Phone: (_____)___________

 

Unchangeable Alternate Selection: [number of cosigners]
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Yes
Alternate Selection: [one or two cosigners]
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One

Cosigner's printed name: ____________________________________ 

Cosigner: _______________________________________         Date: ________________
Current address: _______________________________________________________________
Email: _____________________________________________    Phone: (_____)___________

Two

Cosigner's printed name: ____________________________________ 

Cosigner: _______________________________________         Date: ________________
Current address: _______________________________________________________________
Email: _____________________________________________    Phone: (_____)___________

Cosigner's printed name: ____________________________________ 

Cosigner: _______________________________________         Date: ________________
Current address: _______________________________________________________________
Email: _____________________________________________    Phone: (_____)___________

No  
 

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