I rent a one bedroom in Seattle, and have been here long enough that the lease has become month to month. I am unsure of my rights and obligations as a tenant regarding the birth of my first child. The only thing the lease specifies is that the landlords know the names of all residents of the unit, but I am unsure if this includes minors. Does my landlord have the right to ask us to move out or to raise the rent because we are expecting, or because of a new baby? Do I have to notify them before or after the birth of my child, and how much time is acceptable between the birth and notification of the landlord?
Your landlord may have constructive notice when you next meet, ( he or she may notice your condition). I am not aware of a pregnancy notice statute.
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There is not a statute that requires you to notify the landlord of any pregnancies. The clause the you reference in your lease most likely in place to ensure that a person with a criminal record or poor rental history is known to the landlord. I think it is safe to assume that your child or newborn does not have an extensive criminal record. Furthermore, if the landlord was a real jerk and tried to evict you based on the newborn, I would pay money to hear the comments a judge or commissioner would have for the landlord when they dismissed the case.
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And your landlord is not allowed to discriminate against you based on your family status. They cannot exclude children, and you cannot be evicted for having a child. Hope this helps. Elizabeth Powell
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