Being a Landlord is More than Collecting a Rent Check

During any given tenancy, there are many common situations things will arise, such as needing to enter a unit. In addition, special circumstances may come up that you need to deal with, like an appliance breaking down, or a tenant’s failure to pay rent. That is why it is important to establish a positive relationship with your tenant from the start. It’s going to make everything a lot easier if the lines of communication are open from the beginning of their tenancy.

Maintaining Your Unit
Your lease agreement should clearly outline the tenant’s responsibilities for maintaining the unit. Be sure that during the lease signing, you go over those responsibilities as well as your expectations for the upkeep of the property. That being said, it’s important that you understand what is required of you in maintaining your rental property and that you are doing regular property inspections. In this section, you will find more information about maintenance checklists as well as timelines for completing repairs as required by law.

Issuing Notices
The Revised Code of Washington, Title 59, clearly governs the issuance of notices to your tenant during their tenancy.  Whether your tenant is late paying rent, failing to comply with the terms of the rental agreement or you simply need to enter the unit, there are laws that tell you exactly how many days’ notice you need to provide and how you must serve these notices.