Have you ever had a landlord demand that you handle things around the home you are renting that do not feel like they should be your responsibility?  Things like removing moss from the roof, trimming trees, or removing excessive junk from the property that you didn’t put there?

If you live in the City of Seattle, Seattle Municipal Code 22.206.160 protects you from this type of landlord abuse even if the landlord put it in the lease agreement.  SMC 22.206.160 sets out the duties of the landlord and specifically precludes a landlord from contracting around them.

Additionally, SMC 22.206.160 imposes a “just cause” requirement on eviction, which gives only 18 reasons why a landlord can evict you from your home.

If you live and rent in the city of Seattle, be sure to know your rights under this municipal code!