If you stay beyond the end of a lease and the landlord rents for next month, you will be a “month-to-month” tenant. All rules for monthly tenants now apply to you. If a rental agreement contains a section or language that attempts to waive your rights defined by the renter-tenant law, this section is considered unenforceable. The rest of the lease is still valid. No rental contract can waive your rights or remedies, you must pay legal fees that are not authorized by law, compensate the landlord for the fees paid or create a pledge on the tenant`s property. Read the language of the law for a full list. If your rental agreement is 3 months or more, you can request a payment plan of 3 monthly payments, equal. If your lease is less than 3 months, you can request a payment plan of 2 equal monthly payments. Payments must start at the beginning of your rent and are due on the same day as the rent. There are general guidelines on how and when landlords can change leases.
Look at your rental document. It may have its own specific conditions. A lessor may not change any aspect of a lease for the duration of the limited period, except by mutual agreement. Therefore, the rent is set for the duration of the tenancy. However, in the case of monthly leases, landlords can more easily change the rental rules. The landlord is only required to provide tenants with 30 days in writing to change a rental period, but must write about a rent increase (RCW 59.18.140). The City of Seattle has a law under which a tenant is allowed to increase by 10% or more over a 12-month period 60 days prior to written termination (SMC 7.24.030). If your landlord has informed you of a rent increase in the middle of the month, the rent increase will take effect on the first of the month after the 30- or 60-day notice period.
A tenant who pays a rent increase without 30 days` notice usually gives consent to accept the increase without written notice. Members of service in the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves or the National Guard: If you have a lease, you must notify the owner of any permanent station or operational changes seven days in advance.