Did you know... December 13, 2021


There are a number of unknowns when it comes to a rent increase in Seattle.

Under Seattle’s new rent increase ordinance, tenants must be given a six-month notice of a rent increase.  This is not a commitment to lease the property, just a notice that the rent will be going up. 60 to 90 days prior to the lease termination date, the landlord can provide the tenant with a new lease or give notice to vacate, based on one of the allowed reasons under Seattle’s Just Cause Eviction Ordinance.  If neither happens, the lease term become a month-to-month rental agreement.

What is unknown is if the landlord can sign a lease now that incorporates a rent increase that goes into effect in six months.  The courts could interpret this as that the tenant did not receive the required 180-day notice for rent increases because the tenant did not have six months to consider signing a lease at a new rate.  Only when there is case law will we know what the answer is.

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