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May 2nd, 2022
Luke Phifer

In 2021, the Washington State Legislature made significant changes to Washington’s Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RLTA).[1] One of the most noteworthy changes is a new provision that restricts landlords ability to refuse to renew a month-to-month rental agreement to when one of sixteen listed “causes” applies.[2] Interestingly this new section impacts an often-overlooked area of landlord-tenant…

April 12th, 2022
Lisa M. Keeler

In honor of the close of Women’s History month, it seemed a good time to share a quick primer on the origins of community property law in Washington State and its connection to women in Washington. What is community property? Community property is property owned by both spouses equally. Separate property is property owned only…

March 31st, 2022
Catherine A. Moore

It’s easy to get lost in the mountains of paperwork when purchasing real estate. One document in that mountain, called the commitment to issue title insurance, is both extremely important and guaranteed to make most folks’ eyes glaze over. A potential buyer of property will receive a commitment to issue title insurance after both buyer…

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