Welcome to Renting in Seattle! This web site aims to provide comprehensive information and resources on rental regulations in the City of Seattle as well as tips and best practices for successful renting. Whether you are a renter or a housing provider, there is a lot to know.

New! Tenant Protection Laws

The Washington State Legislature passed important renter protections that became effective on July 28, 2019. These include:

  • More notice for rent increases: Under the changes in law, all rent increases now require 60 days’ advance notice.
  • More time for pay or vacate notices:  Landlords must now use a 14 day notice (instead of 3) when rent is late before they can file for eviction.
  • Eviction proceedings: The 14 day notice and the summons and complaint documents have been standarized for simplicity and transparency.  Judges can now exercise discretion to consider extenuating circumstances such as a job loss or hospitalization when making decisions about evicting a tenant.  There are increased opportunities for renters during the eviction process to make payments and reinstate tenancy. 

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