1. Does a rental agreement need to be notarized?
Not always. Under Washington state law, residential and commercial leases for a period of one year or less do not need to be notarized to be valid. RCW 59.18.210, RCW 59.18.010.
2. Does a rental agreement for a period of more than one year need to be notarized?
Yes. To be valid for entire period of the lease, if a lease is for a term of more than one year, it must be notarized. RCW 59.18.210, RCW 59.18.010.
3. Does a rental agreement need to be recorded?
Under Washington law, any residential or commercial lease exceeding two years is considered a transfer of an interest in real property. RCW 65.08.060. To be valid, these leases exceeding two years must be recorded in the office of the county recorder for the county where the property is located. RCW 65.08.060.
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