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  on Apr 11, 2014

Explanation of RCW 59.18

Landlords are responsible for the property and have explicit requirements under the Washington State Law regarding maintenance and care. As a tenant, it is important to document your communication with your landlord in writing as a tool for protecting yourself. All repair requests must be in the form of writing. Tenants must always keep copies of their communications with their landlords and proof of mailing and be sure to get a copy of all documents which they have signed. You can prove that the letter was received and sent by sending it via regular 1st class mail, Email and also certified mail, return receipt requested. Tenants must keep their own records and be sure to have all the important documents with them.

Tenants can also ask their landlords to sign and date the copy of their letter as for letter hand delivery. Moreover, in order to provide safety, you can ask a third party to witness your delivery of the letter or notice to your landlord. Document all agreements between your landlord and yourself and any commitments made by your landlords most especially payment arrangements. All agreements must be dated and signed by both you and your landlord. Landlords have their own duties and responsibilities both on their tenants and property. Stated below are some of the landlord duties.



1. Maintain the properties to comply substantially with any applicable statute, code, regulation or ordinance governing their maintenance or operation, which the legislative body endorsing those ordinances can enforce as to the properties rented if such condition impairs or endangers the safety or health of the tenant.

2. Provide reasonable programs for the control of infestation by rodents, insects and other pests at the initiation of the tenancy, except when such infestation is made by tenants.

3. Maintain the structural components including, but not limited to the walls, floors, fireplaces, chimneys, roods, foundations and all other structural components.

4. Provide adequate locks reasonably and furnish keys to the tenant.

5. Keep any common or shared areas reasonably sanitary, clean and safe from defects that can increase the hazards of accident and fire.

6. Safeguard and maintain with reasonable care any duplicate key or master key to the dwelling unit.



7. Maintain all plumbing, electrical, heating and other appliances and facilities supplied by her or him in reasonably good working order.

8. Provide adequate facility supply of water and heat and hot water as required by tenants.

9. Maintain and provide appropriate receptacles except in the case of a single family residence in typical places for the elimination of garbage, ashes and rubbish minor to the tenancy and dispose the ordinary and reasonable removal of such waste.

10. Dwelling unit should be maintained reasonably in weather tight condition.

11. Provide written notices to all tenants disclosing protection information and fire safety.

12. Provide tenants with information approved or provided by the health department about the hazards in relation to indoor mold.

These are just some of the Landlord-Tenant Act duties of landlords. This is just a brief view explaining the RCW 59.18.

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