A lot of how landlords, tenants, and property managers interact is guided by the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act. Here’s what you need to know about that document.
Today I want to discuss RCW 59.18, which is also called the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act.
If you’re not already aware, RCW 59.18 is the guideline for all interactions between landlords, tenants, property owners, property managers, etc. It outlines all the rights, remedies, and obligations that each party has with one another.
As property managers, a lot of what we do is guided by the Landlord-Tenant Act, such as the way we structure our leases, how we handle move-ins and move-outs, and when and how we give deposits back to tenants.
It’s very important that we as property managers understand this, but we also encourage owners to take time to read through the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act so that you’ll have a fundamental understanding of some of the restrictions in place—things we can’t do—and therefore an understanding of our processes. Similarly, tenants should also take time to read it through, so all parties can be on the same page.
In the full wording of the Act, you’ll find such information as:
- A description of a landlord’s duties
- A layout of the tenant’s duties
- What you can/can’t do regarding repairs
- What you can/can’t do in terms of the lease
- The period in which a deposit must be returned to the tenant
The full wording of the Act can be viewed here. If you have any questions about landlord-tenant interactions, feel free to reach out to us. The short answer will probably relate to the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act, but I’d be happy to discuss it with you in more detail.