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Rights and Responsibilities of a Landlord 

  • The landlord will at all times keep the unit fit for human habitation. 
  • Maintain the rental property to comply with any applicable code, statute, ordinance, or regulations.
  • Maintain the roofs, floors, walls, chimneys, fireplaces, foundations, and all other structural components. 
  • Keep any shared or common areas reasonably clean, sanitary, and safe from fire hazards.
  • Provide a program for the control of insects, rodents, and other pests when a tenant moves in and during tenant occupancy, except when infestation is caused by the tenant.
  • Except where the condition is attributable to normal wear and tear, make repairs and arrangements necessary to put and keep the unit in a good condition. 
  • Provide locks and furnish keys. 
  • Maintain and safeguard master key and duplicate key.  
  • Maintain all electrical, plumbing, heating, and other facilities and appliances supplied by property owner.
  • Maintain the dwelling unit in reasonably weather-tight condition. 
  • Provide and maintain trash receptacles and regular trash removal. 
  • Provide heat, water and hot water.
  • Provide a written notice to all tenants about fire safety and protection information.
  • Provide tenants with information provided or approved by the department of health about the health hazards associated with exposure to indoor mold.
    • Information may be in a written notice given to each tenant, or may be posted in a visible, public location at the dwelling unit property.
    • The information must detail how tenants can control mold growth in their dwelling units to minimize the health risks associated with indoor mold. 

Legal Resources 

Rental Housing Association of Washington:

Phone: (206) 283-0816

Click here to visit their website 

Washington Landlord Association: 

Click here to visit their website.