Everything You Need to Know on How to Break a Lease in Washington State

As a tenant, you may want to break your lease for various reasons, which may or may not be legally justified. In any case, if you’re a tenant in Washington, here’s what you need to know about breaking a lease in Washington state.

 

Renter’s Rights and Responsibilities When Signing a WA State Rental Agreement  

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A rental agreement is legally binding; that is, you and your landlord must strictly adhere to the agreement’s terms. As a tenant, you have the following rights.

  • You cannot be forced to move out before the lease expires unless you commit a serious violation such as engaging in criminal activities within the premises.
  • You are not obligated to agree with any changes to the lease agreement after you’ve already signed the same unless the landlord follows the necessary legal procedures before altering the agreement.
  • If the landlord has valid reasons to evict you, you must be given due notice. For example, if you consistently fail to pay rent on time, the landlord must serve you a 3-day notice to settle your dues or move out.

Generally, you’re legally bound to pay rent for the full lease term (usually one year) on your rental property, whether you’re living on the property or not. However, there are exceptions to the rule, as follows.

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The Best Neighborhoods in Spokane, WA

Spokane-WASpokane is a cultural, financial and recreational center spanning a large area of Washington State. It’s also the state’s second largest city and features dozens of breathtaking lakes and parks, as well as a burgeoning wine scene.

Yet its glory remains overshadowed by its sister cities Tacoma and Seattle. Since its days as a rail hub, Spokane has attracted tourists due to its stunning natural beauty. There, you can hike through countless nature preserves, bike the beautiful Centennial Trail, shred fresh powder, or book a whitewater adventure.

If you’re thinking of moving to the Pacific Northwest, here’s a list of the best neighborhoods in Spokane, WA.

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Quick Guide to The Washington State Eviction Process

washingtonWhile being a landlord can be a financially rewarding experience, it isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. You are bound to be faced with many challenges. The most important among them is dealing with difficult tenants, and how to evict them if it becomes necessary.

An eviction is a legal recourse you take when you need to remove a tenant from your rental property. This legal action to kick out the tenant is referred to as unlawful detainer. It is a special Washington eviction law proceeding that determines who is entitled to possession of the property. (more…)

Different Types of Real Estate Investment Strategies for Beginners

The real estate industry is huge and thus presents a lot of opportunities to would-be investors. When it comes to property investing, an investor first needs to be aware of the different real estate investment strategies that exist in order to minimize risk as much as possible.

To help you decide how to invest in property, below are 6 common real estate investment strategies to consider. You can pick one based on your budget, time, and long-term goals. (more…)

Why You Should Live in Spokane, WA

When most people think of Spokane WA, the first things that come to mind are the Spokane Waterfalls, Manito Park and Centennial Trail. Although Seattle is located near Spokane, Seattle tends to have high rents due to its high tourism and tech jobs. Luckily, there are many cities in Washington State that offer a lively city without the high prices, such as Spokane.

Located about four hours east of Seattle, Spokane is Washington State’s second largest city. Despite holding this title, it’s still relatively small holding a population of a little over 200,000. So, why should you move here over larger cities?

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Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Investment Property in Spokane

The real estate market in Spokane is extremely competitive right now. Yet, even though home prices are rising, Spokane is still very affordable when compared to Seattle. And homes in the area rent quickly, which is good news for investors. However, the challenge is that the properties that are for sale also go fast. So, you need to be able to make a swift decision if you want to purchase an investment property. Quick decisions can often lead to mistakes if you are not careful. To help you in this process, here the mistakes you’ll want to avoid when buying investment property in Spokane. (more…)

What To Do When a Tenant Stops Paying Rent

The city of Spokane boasts of many fine attractions. Notable lures include a thriving economy, stunning architecture, and numerous outdoor recreation options. It explains why rental property investors are attracted to the area. While finding tenants in Spokane is very achievable, ensuring that the occupants pay the rent promptly may not be as easy.

At times, a tenant might even stop paying the rent altogether. If you are the landlord in such a situation, how do you handle it? The following are a few pointers on what to do when a Spokane tenant stops paying rent.

Assess the tenant’s rental history

The minute you discover that your tenant has stopped paying the rent, you need to ascertain his or her rent payment history. Have they behaved similarly before, or is it the first time? If this is the first time you’re having issues with the tenant perhaps there is a very good reason why they missed the rent payment. (more…)

How To Screen Tenants For Your Rental Property

Thanks to its stunning architecture, flourishing economy, and numerous exciting recreational activities, Spokane has become an attractive haven for most people. While this may sound like a windfall to rental property owners, it is not devoid of challenges. A primary one being landlords have to be extra vigilant when screening prospective renters to avoid ending up with a problematic tenant.

So, just how can a Spokane property owner successfully screen prospective tenants?

Here are a few useful tips that you can employ. (more…)

Best Strategies for Collecting Rent on Time

rentA common challenge among landlords is how to get the tenants to pay their rent on time. It can be annoying considering that rental income is the primary reason why you invested in the rental property in the first place. Besides, difficulty in collecting the payments might hinder you from meeting other obligations like paying off the mortgage, carrying out property maintenance, reinvesting, or settling bills. So, how can you ensure that your residents pay promptly and in a consistent, smooth manner? Here are pointers to help you out. (more…)

Best Outdoor Activities in Spokane

As a Spokane business we often get asked by new tenants about activities they can take part in. With spring in the air we thought this would be a great time to issue a light post about some of the top outdoor activities our city has to offer. Combined with its wonderful climate is the spectacular scenery and a plethora of outdoor activities you can enjoy. Here are some of those.

Spokane’s Best Outdoor Activities

1. Have a Picnic at Manito Park

Link: http://www.manitopark.org/

Location: Manito Park

In Manito Park you can see a lot of people having a picnic, playing basketball, watching birds, and other recreational activities you normally see in the park. This 90-acre park is also a wonderful place to visit as the smell of roses lingers all over the park. You can also stroll around the park or watch the kids running around the park. (more…)