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Just Cause Eviction Ordinance

See also: Evictions

What Is It?

In Seattle, a landlord can end a month-to-month lease only for one of the 18 reasons listed in the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance. Landlords must give notice in writing to end a tenancy. They are required to give most notices to tenants at least 20 days before the end of a rent period, typically the end of the month.

We can evaluate a notice to see whether it is legal under the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance.

What It Isn't

The Just Cause Eviction Ordinance does not regulate lease contracts that end on a specific date.

The ordinance does not regulate the eviction process which is a civil suit brought by the landlord against a tenant in King County Superior Court.

Read the Code

Regulations relating to the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance are in the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) and Washington state law (RCW).

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