Rent Guru Question and Answer | Notice of Sale Timelines for Tenants

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I get this same question a lot, and this week I've been asked multiple times: How much time does a landlord need to give a tenant if they plan to sell their home?

The short answer is: 90 Days Notice. Tenants must receive 90 days notice of sale if the owner of their rental home intends to list it. The law applies the same way, whether the tenant is on a one-year lease or a month-to-month lease, whether it’s a condo or a  single-family home.

There are some caveats to this notice of sale, timeline as well as some protections for tenants when this situation arises.

  • Low-income tenants: If the tenant is considered low-income by the City of Seattle, then the landlord needs to file for a relocation license and pay for part of the moving cost for the tenant.
  • What about jacking rents? Don’t think that a landlord can get away from giving notice by jacking up the rent to force someone out. There are protections against this too.
  • Landlords can face fines. In some cases where landlords don’t give enough notice, they have faced extremely heavy fines and protracted court cases.
  • Evictions aren’t easy. There are very few ways in which a landlord can evict a tenant in the City of Seattle.

Whether you are a landlord or tenant, stay up-to-date on the landlord-tenant laws. You can find them here.  For more information on these timelines and other tenant protections check out my blog on Rent-Guru.comIf you need help with legal questions, consult a real estate lawyer or the Tenants Union of Washington.

Do you have a rental question that you would like me to answer? Would you like to talk about how to protect yourself as a landlord or selling your investment property? Hit me up! I’m here to help.


Roy Powell

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