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Governor Inslee Signs Bill To Require “Just Cause” Evictions

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure that would require landlords to provide a valid reason for ending certain leases with tenants.

Under current law, landlords are allowed to end month-to-month leases with 20 days’ notice, without providing a reason.

Under the new law – which takes effect immediately – there are specific reasons that landlords could end leases, including failure to pay rent, unlawful activity and nuisance issues, as well as cases in which a landlord intends to sell or move into a rental.

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