End of Tenancy and Breaking The Lease in Washington

What happens in Washington when the lease ends?

At the end of the lease in Washington, either party can opt to end the tenancy. The landlord could choose not to renew the lease or the renter could choose to not to renew the lease. If the rental investor 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 property producing the highest possible net income. This means that we will often contact a tenant 6 to 8 weeks before the end of the lease term in order to renew the lease.

At that point we give the tenant two choices:

  1. Month-to-month --- This will include a large rent increase.
  2. Renew the lease --- This will lock the rental up for another year with a small rent increase.

When tenants break the lease

Sometimes circumstances arise which make a tenant to end the lease before the lease term is over. If this occures, Nesbitt Realty tries to minimize the impact of this event on the landlord. If a tenant leaves with little or no notice, this will surely cause the tenant to surrender the deposit but this is never a windfall for the landlord. That money is consumed by paying for vacancy and the cost of acquiring a new tenant .

Readying the rental investment

We will have the carpet professional cleaned upon renter move-out and the actual cost of carpeting will be deducted from the renter 's security deposit, per your lease.
We recommend that the landlord replace the carpet every 5 to 7 years. We recommend that the rental investor paint every 5 to 7 years.

Utilities

During vacancies we will either put the utilities in our name or in the owner's name.