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Landlord-Tenant Relationships and Legalities

States have laws limiting the amount a landlord may charge for security deposits, returning the refundable portion of said deposits following the tenant’s move-out date, and other parameters around the landlord-tenant relationship. Lease agreements are put in place and used to protect both parties in these relationships. What are the limits and restrictions in lease agreements in Washington?

In Washington, there are no limits to the amount landlords can charge for security deposits. However, before any type of deposit can be collected or paid, there must be a written rental agreement set. As for the refundable security deposit, landlords have a legal obligation to return that amount within 21 days following the lease expiration or termination.

As with all relationships, there are responsibilities between both parties. While there are many more than the few mentioned here, the tenants basic responsibilities are fairly simple: pay rental amount upon or prior to the due date, keep their portion of the premises clean and sanitary, properly use appliances, not engaging in illegal activity on the premises, and restoring the premises to its condition prior to the move-in date, upon vacation of the property.

Washington Homestead Laws

Not making mortgage payments can lead to your lender selling your house at auction. Homestead laws can be difficult to understand; Washington homestead laws don’t have a cap on the acreage exemption but does have a maximum exemption of $125,000. When it comes to homestead exemptions and secured creditors, this is where things can become tricky to follow.

If you have questions or concerns about homestead exemptions and law or if you think you’re being wrongfully affected by these laws or a lender, reach out to our Spokane real estate attorneys. We can help you review your case, determine case validity, and help you build a defense. Feel free to call us at (509) 495-1246 or fill out our consultation form.

Washington Conveyances

What is Conveyance?

Conveyance is the legal transfer of property from one to another. These laws can vary by state and country but in Washington, they can be decently straightforward.

Whenever you are dealing with real estate conveyance in the state of Washington, you must do so by deed. There are different processes when it comes to inheriting property or real estate through a trust. Simply put, in any situation where one is receiving real estate through a trust, it must provide written evidence authorizing the transfer of the property to the recipient.


Resolving a dispute between a buyer and seller has a handful of steps. Similar to other, non-real estate-related disputes, trying to negotiate with the other party is the first recommended step in resolving the issue.

Another step in resolving disputes can be mediation. Occasionally, if negotiating doesn’t result in success, having a third party step in and help the parties involved can resolve the matter at hand.

A third option in resolving disputes is arbitration. This puts resolving the dispute in the hands of a third party (or third parties, such as a panel or board). These two options allow an experienced real estate attorney to come into play. Whether you are needing mediation or arbitration, our Spokane real estate attorney can help in handling real estate disputes.

Contact Our Spokane Real Estate Attorney

If you plan on buying or selling residential or commercial property or are currently involved in a real estate dispute, it is critical to hire an attorney to protect your rights and promote your interests. We counsel clients on all matters related to real estate including acquisition, financing, development, leasing, sale, dispute resolution, and litigation.

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