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2021 House Bill 1236: Protecting residential tenants from the beginning to end of their tenancies by penalizing the inclusion of unlawful lease provisions and limiting the reasons for eviction, refusal to continue, and termination
Introduced by Rep. Nicole Macri (Seattle) (D) on January 18, 2021
Referred to the House Housing, Human Services & Veterans Committee on January 18, 2021
Substitute offered in the House on February 5, 2021
Specifies exclusive causes for eviction, refusal to renew, and termination of tenancy under the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act and makes other changes to rights and remedies.
Amendment offered by Rep. Michelle Caldier (Port Orchard) (R) on March 7, 2021
Provides that making unwanted sexual advances or other acts of sexual harassment directed at the property owner, property manager, property employee, or another tenant is cause for a landlord to refuse to continue a tenancy.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Michelle Caldier (Port Orchard) (R) on March 7, 2021
Provides that being required to register as a sex offender during the tenancy, or prior to the tenancy if not disclosed or otherwise known to the property owner at beginning of the tenancy, is cause for a landlord to refuse to continue a tenancy.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Michelle Caldier (Port Orchard) (R) on March 7, 2021
Allows the landlord to serve at any time a 30-day notice to quit due to an intentional, knowing, and material misrepresentation or omission on the tenant's application. Removes a provision providing landlords of subsidized housing the option to terminate a tenancy at any time if a misrepresentation on the tenant's application makes the tenant ineligible for subsidized housing.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Kelly Chambers (Pierce County) (R) on March 7, 2021
Removes the good cause limitations on circumstances for which a residential tenant is liable for unlawful detainer. Specifies that such a tenant is liable for unlawful detainer for gang-related activity on the premises "notwithstanding" good cause limitations.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeremie Dufault (Yakima) (R) on March 7, 2021
Provides that the state's requirements for terminating a residential tenancy shall be the most restrictive and shall preempt any local laws and ordinances that are inconsistent with, more restrictive than, or exceed the requirements of state law.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeremie Dufault (Yakima) (R) on March 7, 2021
Removes the prohibition against a landlord refusing to continue a tenancy or terminating a periodic tenancy except for the causes enumerated in the underlying bill. Restores current law regarding tenancies for a specified time.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeremie Dufault (Yakima) (R) on March 7, 2021
Removes the prohibition against a landlord refusing to 5 continue a tenancy except for the causes enumerated in the underlying bill.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeremie Dufault (Yakima) (R) on March 7, 2021
Removes the prohibition against a landlord terminating a tenancy for a specified time except for the causes enumerated in the underlying bill.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeremie Dufault (Yakima) (R) on March 7, 2021
Removes the requirement that a 30-day notice to quit due to intentional, knowing, and material misrepresentations or omissions made on the tenant's application be served on the tenant in the first 60 days of the tenancy.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Greg Gilday (Island) (R) on March 7, 2021
Removes the provision providing that a landlord may terminate without cause a one-year tenancy at the end of the first year by providing 60 days' written notice and that such a tenancy will become a monthly periodic tenancy if 60 days' notice is not given. Adds that the provisions of terminating a tenancy for cause apply only after the tenant has resided at the same property for more than two years.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Greg Gilday (Island) (R) on March 7, 2021
Provides that causing damage in excess of the amount of the security deposit is cause for eviction or termination.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Greg Gilday (Island) (R) on March 7, 2021
Removes the requirement that a one-year tenancy be converted to a monthly periodic tenancy if the landlord fails to provide 60 days' notice of termination of the tenancy at the end of the first year.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Greg Gilday (Island) (R) on March 7, 2021
Removes the good cause limitations on circumstances for which a residential tenant is liable for unlawful detainer. Specifies that such a tenant is liable for unlawful detainer for entering the premises without permission of the owner and refusing to leave after three days' notice "notwithstanding" good cause limitations.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Brad Klippert (Benton) (R) on March 7, 2021
Provides that using any nonprescription narcotic, including methamphetamine, if such usage is legalized is cause for eviction or termination of a tenancy.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Mari Leavitt (University Place) (D) on March 7, 2021
Provides that receipt of a 60-day notice to quit for other good cause prior to the end of the tenancy, where such cause constitutes a legitimate economic or business reason not otherwise enumerated, is cause for eviction or termination.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Strom Peterson (Edmonds) (D) on March 7, 2021
Provides that, where the initial lease term is between three and twelve months, a landlord may terminate the tenancy without cause at the end of the term by providing at least 60 days’ written notice.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Skyler Rude (Walla Walla) (R) on March 7, 2021
Removes the good cause limitations on circumstances for which a residential tenant is liable for unlawful detainer.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Brandon Vick (Camas) (R) on March 7, 2021
Changes the penalty for when a landlord removes a tenant in violation of the bill from the greater of economic and 6 noneconomic damages or 4.5 times the monthly rent to the greater of economic and noneconomic damages or 3 times the monthly rent.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Amy Walen (Kirkland) (D) on March 7, 2021
Restores the ability of either the landlord or the 8 tenant to give 20 days' notice of termination of an indefinite, 9 month-to-month tenancy, instead of only the tenant.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Alex Ybarra (Grant County) (R) on March 7, 2021
Provides that stating verbally or in writing any derogatory remarks at the property owner, property manager, property employee, or another tenant based on the person's race, gender, or other protected status is cause for a landlord to refuse to continue a tenancy.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2021
Received in the Senate on March 10, 2021
Referred to the Senate Housing & Local Government Committee on March 10, 2021
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 19, 2021
Received in the House on April 13, 2021
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 10, 2021

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