My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Washington
I own a rent-house in Everett, WA, and it's time to increase the rent. But I want to make sure and do it right.
Tenants have been in the house for over two years and are currently on month-to-month as the lease has expired. The lease does provide for rollover to month-to-month at a higher rate if not renewed. The lease has been renewed once by mutual agreement, but that has now expired and I don't intend to renew.
So I guess I can send them a 30 day notice that the rent is going up. But would that be basically a letter titled 'Modification to Lease'? Because it seems that would require mutual approval (signatures). I doubt they'll agree. Of course their only other option is to give me 30 days' notice and move out.
And the new rent will be higher than the month-to-month rate provided for in the lease. Any problem there?
So to do this right, what kind of letter should this be? A 'Notice of Rent Increase', or a Modification to the Lease'? And should I send it CMRRR to cover myself?