Seattle, Washington Standard Residential Lease Agreement Form

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A Seattle, Washington standard residential lease agreement is a document used for landlords renting property to tenants within the city limits of Seattle. Unlike the rest of the State, Seattle lease agreements require additional language and disclosures included in order to be valid. Even though there are more tenant protections, such as not being able to search a tenant’s criminal history, landlords may still run credit checks with a rental application.

Exceeding 1-Year – If the lease term exceeds 1-year, the landlord and tenant will be required to sign the agreement with a notary public.

LawsChapter 59.18 RCW (Residential Landlord-Tenant Act)

HandbookYour Rights as a Tenant in Washington State (PDF)

Required Disclosures

Fire Protection & Evacuation (§ 59.18.060) – The landlord must provide a fire and safety plan to a tenant prior to occupancy. If the property is located in a building of two (2) or more units, the landlord must include a fire evacuation plan.

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – Federal law for all structures built prior to 1978.

Mold Disclosure (§ 59.18.060(13)) – Handout that must be given to the tenant prior to occupancy.

Move-in Checklist (§ 59.18.260) – If a security deposit has been collected by the landlord, a move-in checklist is to be completed by the landlord and tenant.

Security Deposit Receipt (§ 59.18.270) – The landlord must provide the name and address of the financial institution where the funds have been deposited.

Voter Registration Packet (SMC 7.24.080) – A voter registration packet must be provided to the tenant at lease signing.


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