Looking to rent a house in Washington State, some ads say 1st and last months rent plus 1 month rent security deposit, I thought landlord could require last months rent or security deposit, but not both.
Is it different for month to month lease and long term leases
"I thought landlord could require last months rent or security deposit, but not both." Can you cite any statute or case law to back up what you thought?
There is nothing in the WA Residential Landlord-Tenant Act that limit how much deposit the landlord can demand.
Some cities, such as Seattle, do limit how much a landlord may collect for deposits.
In general, persons can contract to do lawful things as they see fit.
Under the RLTA, as long as the landlord is not committing unlawful discrimination, the landlord can require first month's rent, last month's rent, and deposit as much as the two sides agree.
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