Tacoma recently passed a law that will expand tenants’ rights! Effective immediately, Tacoma landlords must give tenants 60-days notice when increasing the rent 10% or more in a 12-month period. Starting on February 1, 2019, several other laws will come into effect in Tacoma.
Landlords will be required to accept city-designed payment plans for move-in fees and deposits.
Terminating month-to-month agreements
Tacoma landlords will be required to give tenants 60-days notice when terminating month-to-month agreements. However, under other circumstances, Tacoma landlords will be required to give tenants even more notice. If the landlord is planning substantial rehabilitation, renovation, demolition or change of use, the landlord will be required to give the tenant 120-days notice to move out. Tenants who are displaced in this way may be eligible for relocation assistance.
More informational resources for tenants
Tacoma will also require landlords to give new tenants a city-produced packet describing renters’ rights. Finally, the city is currently developing a website which tenants can use to find out more information about their landlord. The website will list property code violations and discrimination findings against Tacoma landlords.
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