Washington Residential Lease Agreement

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A Washington Standard One (1) Year Lease Agreement is, as the name implies, a standard form of long term lease. This kind of lease will run for a full year, at which point the landlord and tenant can renegotiate and renew, move to a Month to Month Lease, or terminate the tenancy. It provides a sense of security for both landlord and tenant.

As they cannot be terminated without due cause, and going through the often difficult process of eviction, a landlord should be exceptionally sure of a tenant’s ability to uphold the lease for its entirety before signing. Similarly a tenant who attempts to end the tenancy before the lease ends may find themselves financially responsible for rent until the landlord finds a new tenant. If either party is unsure of the tenants ability to maintain the rent, they might prefer a Month to Month Lease.

As the standard form of a long term lease, almost all of the laws that govern leases will govern a Standard One Year Lease. All of Washington’s laws that govern leases can be found in Washington Revised Statutes, Title 59.


  • In Washington, if a landlord wishes to charge a nonrefundable fee (such as for pets) the lease must specify that the fee is nonrefundable.
  • The landlord is required to disclose the name and address of the property owner, manager and any person authorized to act on their behalf.
  • A landlord in Washington is required to provide a list of reasons why a security deposit might be withheld, as well as the name and address of the bank where it is being held.
  • Washington state law requires that a landlord disclose the fire safety plan for the property (including if smoking is allowed).
  • The landlord is also required to provide information from the Department of Health on the dangers of exposure to mold indoors at the time the lease is signed.
  • Federal law requires that a landlord disclose the presence of any lead paint based hazards on or around the property.