What happens in Washington when the lease term ends?
At the end of the lease term in Washington, either party can opt to end the tenancy. The rental owner could choose not to renew the lease or the renter could choose to not to renew the lease. If the property owner wishes to end the lease, or conclude our rental management services, please send us written notice as described in your property management agreement.
If we don't receive such notice, we will strive to make choices that will keep your rental producing the highest possible net income. This means that we will routinely contact a tenant 6 to 8 weeks before the end of the lease in order to renew the lease.
At that point we give the renter two choices:
- Month-to-month --- This will include a large rent increase.
- Renew the lease --- This will lock the rental property up for another year with a small rent increase.
When renters break the lease
Sometimes things happen which make a tenant to break the lease. If this occures, Nesbitt Realty tries to minimize the impact of this event on the property owner. If a renter leaves with little or no notice, this will surely cause the renter to surrender the deposit but this is never a windfall for the property owner. That money is consumed by paying for vacancy and the cost of acquiring a new renter .
Readying the rental property
We will have the carpet professional cleaned upon renter move-out and the actual cost of carpeting will be deducted from the tenant 's security deposit, per your lease.
We recommend that the rental owner replace the carpet every 5 to 7 years. We recommend that the owner paint every 5 to 7 years.
During vacancies we will either put the utilities in our name or in the rental investor's name.
a useful reference for property owners in Washington
- Before you rent out your investment in Washington
- Collections and evictions
- Communications with the renter
- During tenancy
- End of lease term and what happens when a tenant breaks the lease
- How does the rental investor get paid?
- How your property manager handles the association and your community
- How your rental manager handles utilities
- How Nesbitt Realty finds renters
- Insurance matters for property owners using our property management
- How Nesbitt Realty & Management manage keys
- Washington rental investor responsibilities
- Maintenance, repairs & inspections for your rental property in Washington
- The move-in inspection
- Property management information form
- Selling a 1031 tax exchange & more
- Starting our management of your rental
- When property owners don't yet know their new address
- Vetting renters in Washington