Federal Way Passes Laws that Place New Burdens on Landlords
Federal Way voters recently passed new laws (effective November 26th) that bolster tenant protections in the city by placing a number of new requirements on landlords.
Whether you’re in the City of Federal Way or not, read the following breakdown to better understand what will be taking effect November 26th, and what we may see heading to other cities in our area.
Read the following and consider ways you can be better prepared for whatever may come your way as a landlord.
Requires “Just Cause” & Limits the Definition to:
Failure to pay rent
Breaking the rental agreement for a non-payment related reason
only after receiving appropriate notice, and not taking “reasonable steps to cure the breach”
Tenant has obstructed the enjoyment of the property by the landlord or neighbors
includes criminal activity and committing or allowing waste
A non-immediate family member takes over the property without owner permission
however, an immediate family member can & is generally defined as a “spouse, domestic partner, a partner in a committed intimate relationship, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews”
Refuses to move out or renew lease agreement after it’s expired
more info on lease renew requirements below
Failure to vacate after a 30-day notice
must be due to a “chronic, unexcused, and unjustified failure to pay rent, with such pattern documented in the filing of numerous unlawful detainer actions over a twelve-month period”
The unit is part of a program for transitional housing
The landlord lives with the tenant and “no longer wishes to cohabitate”
The landlord plans to no longer rent the unit after a 120 day notice
must be “in good faith, without ulterior reasons and with honest intent”
The original tenant voluntarily or involuntary abandons unit and any remaining tenants refuse to take over the existing rental agreement