Category: Real Estate Law

COVID-19 Fallout for Washington State Landlords (Updated April 17, 2020)

Moratorium on COVID-related evictions With Washington State’s ‘stay home, stay safe’ order in place through May 2020, the future for landlords and their tenants is somewhat uncertain. The Federal CARES Act, passed by Congress in late March, included a 120-day suspension on residential evictions. The CARES Act also allowed landlords with federal mortgages to request [..]

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To ADU or Not to ADU?

Accessory dwelling units (or ADU for short) are a hot topic in Whatcom County and throughout Washington State. As the trend of tiny houses, she-sheds, man caves, crafting cottages, and separate home offices has taken off, more and more home owners are utilizing small separate buildings to add to their living space. An ADU is [..]

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Landlord-Tenant Law Changes in Washington (2019 Update)

Landlords may be surprised to learn that our Washington State lawmakers just made some pretty dramatic changes to landlord-tenant law and tenant rights in our state. Here’s a summary of some of the recent updates to Washington’s landlord-tenant laws:  Starting July 27, 2019, landlords are required to give tenants at least 60 days of notice [..]

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