Washington Standard Residential Lease Agreement Template

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The Washington Standard Residential Lease Agreement is a legal document that is a simple yet thorough. The agreement provides all of the written information needed to secure an agreement that will be beneficial and protective of both parties. As well, it provides all of the terms and conditions so that the tenant will understand what is expected from them during their tenancy. The tenants must carefully read agree to all of the sections provided in the document before entering their signature(s). If at any point the tenant(s) are unsure about what they are signing, they may consider speaking with an attorney to be certain they understand the document they are signing.

Laws – Chapter 59.18 RCW (Residential Landlord-Tenant Act)

Handbook – Your Rights as a Tenant in Washington State (PDF)

How To Write

Step 1 – Parties – Provide the following information:

  • Enter the date that the document is executed in dd/mm./yyyy format
  • Enter the name of the landlord
  • Enter the name of the tenant
  • Provide the name of the county in which the property is located
  • Enter the physical address of rental property
  • Tenants should carefully review the remainder of the section

Step 2 – Term – Enter the following information regarding the term of this agreement:

  • Provide the number of months and/or years that the agreement will be active
  • Enter the date that the agreement shall commence
  • Enter the date that the agreement will expire

Step 3 – Rent – Specify the following:

  • Enter the amount of rent that the tenant will be expected to pay annually
  • Enter the date in which the rent payment is due
  • Enter the amount of the monthly installment (monthly rent payment)
  • Provide an address where monthly rent payments be delivered to the landlord

Step 4 – Damage Deposit – Enter:

  • The amount of the security deposit.

Step 5 – Use of Premises –

  • Provide the names of the tenant and their immediate family
  • Read and agree to the remainder of this section

Step 6 – Titled Sections – Tenant(s) will be required to read and agree to the remaining sections as follows:

  • Condition of Premises
  • Assignment and Sub-Letting
  • Alterations and Improvements
  • Non-Delivery of Possession
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Utilities
  • Maintenance and Repair; Rules (Tenant(s) must carefully review A through L of this section)
  • Damage to Premises
  • Inspection of Premises
  • Subordination of Lease
  • Tenant’s Hold Over (Enter the amount of rent the tenant(s) will be responsible to pay in the event of a hold over)
  • Surrender of Premises
  • Animals (Landlord must enter the number of pets acceptable upon the property. Enter the amount to be paid for pet deposits- enter the portion of the deposits that will be non-refundable for cleaning if any)
  • Quiet Enjoyment
  • Indemnification
  • Default
  • Late Charge (Landlord must enter the amount the amount expected to be added to the rent payment, if payments are late)
  • Abandonment
  • Rights and Remedies
  • Recording of Agreement
  • governing Law
  • Severability
  • Binding Effect
  • Descriptive Headings
  • Construction
  • Non-Waiver
  • Modification
  • Notice (Both parties will be required to provide a name and address where notices would be delivered, one to the other)
  • Additional Provisions (Landlord must describe any additional provisions agreed upon between the parties and must provide any disclosure required by law)

Step 7 – Signatures –

  • Date the signature section in dd/mm/yyyy format

Landlord – 

  • Landlord’s Signature
  • Landlord’s Printed Name
  • Date of Signature

Tenant –

  • Tenant(s) Signature(s)
  • Tenant(s) Printed Names
  • Date of Signature(s)