Washington state has two required addenda to the residential lease agreement, a Fire Safety and Protection Addendum, and a Mold Addendum. Make sure you have these two important documents included when your lease agreement is signed. When using LeaseRunner’s e-signing service we will automatically suggest all relevant documents for your state.
Fire Safety and Protection Addendum
Tenant is responsible for the maintenance of the smoke detector, including changing batteries.
Washington state law requires that a rental dwelling is equipped with a smoke detector(s) (RCW § 43.44.110). Furthermore, the law requires that the landlord notify the tenant that the rental dwelling is equipped with a working smoke detector, which is the main purpose of the Fire Safety and Protection Addendum. The addendum goes on to explain that the tenant is responsible for the maintenance of the smoke detector, including changing batteries. The tenant can be fined up to $200 for failing to comply with their legal obligation to maintain the smoke detector.
Washington state requires landlords to provide tenants with information provided or approved by the department of health about the health hazards associated with exposure to indoor mold (RCW § 59.18.060(13). Information may be provided in written format individually to each tenant, or may be posted in a visible, public location at the dwelling unit property. The information must detail how tenants can control mold growth in their dwelling units to minimize the health risks associated with indoor mold. LeaseRunner’s Mold Addendum for Washington state includes the web address and link to the Washington State Department of Health for mold information, and also includes basic information about the dangers of indoor mold.