No. Some things are illegal to put in leases. If your agreement includes any of these elements, you are not obliged to follow it. RCW 59.18.230. If you break the lease, you are usually not entitled to your deposit. This is the first thing the owner turns to when demanding a refund of the money you owe. *Victims of assault or spousal violence: If you are the victim of threatening behaviour by another tenant or your landlord, OR if you are a victim of domestic violence, you may be able to terminate your lease more quickly. RCW 59.18.352, 59.18.354, 59.18.575. So how do you help the owner? You can start by informing as soon as possible in advance.
This gives enough time to negotiate the terms of early termination and find a new tenant for the landlord. Even if there is no legal justification for breaking your lease, you can still be free to pay the rent due. This is because the landlord is required by Washington`s Landlord-Tenant Act to make reasonable efforts to re-rent your home. In other words, you may not have to pay the full rent remaining due under the lease. You only pay the rent that the landlord loses by resiliating the lease. And if the landlord has to re-rent the unit at a lower amount than originally stated in the lease, you will have to make up the difference. The exception to this general rule is eviction protection for cause in the City of Seattle, which requires landlords to provide a „just reason“ for eviction or termination of the tenancy for monthly tenants. To promote housing stability, the tenants` union wants all tenants in Washington State to have fair basic protection against eviction. You have the right to break a lease if you enter active military service after signing a lease. You must provide your landlord with written notice of your intention. .