Gov. Inslee signs bill requiring “just cause” eviction

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure that would require landlords to provide a valid reason for ending certain leases with tenants.

Under current law, landlords are allowed to end month-to-month leases with 20 days’ notice, without providing a reason.

Under the new law -- which takes effect immediately -- there are specific reasons that landlords could end leases, including failure to pay rent, unlawful activity and nuisance issues, as well as cases in which a landlord intends to sell or move into a rental.