Seattle, Washington Standard Residential Lease Agreement Form

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The Seattle, Washington standard lease agreement is a document that is used by landlords/owners/property managers, who lease rental property of any type. After an application has been submitted and accepted and the tenant has decided upon the rental to the property, the tenants would then be presented with this lease that will be completed by the landlord/owner/property manager to provide all of the information that the tenant(s) so that they understand the costs, rules, laws, etc. The tenant, should take their time and read carefully through the document to ensure that they understand what they are expected to sign and observe prior to the application of signature(s). If the language of the agreement isn’t clear to the tenant(s) they may wish to consider speaking with an attorney for guidance.

Should this lease exceed 12 months a notary acknowledgment is required.

LawsChapter 59.18 RCW (Residential Landlord-Tenant Act)

HandbookYour Rights as a Tenant in Washington State (PDF)

How to Write

Step 1 – Download the document –

  • Enter the date that the document is executed

Step 2 – Tenant Lease Information – Landlord must enter:

  • The physical address of the rental property
  • City
  • Unit
  • Select the appropriate lease option (landlord must initial the line preceding the selection)

Step 3  – Occupancy Limits –

  • Enter the names of the adults and children who shall occupy the premise

Step 4  – Provisions – Landlord must enter the following provisions (if none, enter “N/A” in the line)

  • Pets/Animals
  • Smoking
  • Number of Vehicles
  • RV/Boats

Step 5 – Tenant Payment Responsibility – landlord must provide:

  • Monthly rental amount
  • The beginning date
  • The protated amount (if any)
  • From and Through
  • The amount to be paid toward the rental payment
  • The cost of any additional fees
  • What will the additional fees cover?

Step 6 – Utilities – The landlord must check or initial the following:

  • Cable TV
  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Garbage
  • Other – any other utilities and/or services covered by the landlord

Step 7 – Security Deposit – landlord must enter:

  • The amount of the Security Deposit
  • Enter the amount of the deposit that will be nonrefundable
  • What will the nonrefundable portion of the rent cover

Step 8 – Delivery of Payments –

  • Enter the location where payments must be delivered in a timely manor

Step 9 – Titled Sections – The tenant(s) must carefully review the remaining sections as follows:

  • Late/NSF/Default Rent
  • Notices (A and B) Options
  • Signs/Access
  • Public Safety
  • Change in Terms
  • Insurance/Repairs
  • Attorney/Collection/Storage/Alterations to Premises (A through K)
  • Mold/Lead Paint/Seattle Pamphlets (landlord must check the documents provided to the tenant(s)
  • Yard/Outside Premises (landlord must enter “y” or “n” indicating whether or not the tenant will care for the outside of the property
  • Furnishings Provided – (landlord must enter any other furnishing beside those listed
  • Move In Condition Report
  • Condition Report Update
  • Other Addendum
  • Delivery of Possession
  • Eviction Pursuant to Write of Restitution
  • Receipt of Money Paid (landlord must complete this section and provide a copy as receipt to the tenant(s)

Step 10 – Signatures –

  • All tenants over the age of 18 years, must sign the document
  • Landlord/Manager Signatures
  • Landlord/Manager’s Address
  • Landlord/Manager Phone Number

Step 11 – Co-Signer (if any) – landlord must enter the “performance fee” amount – then enter:

  • Print Co-Signer’s Name
  • Co-Signer’s Signature
  • Co-Signer’s Social Security Number
  • Phone
  • Address
  • City, State, Zip Code

If this agreement is longer than 12 months, this document must be signed before a notary public.