ENGROSSED SENATE BILL 5624





                        57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the Senate March 11, 2002

  YEAS 46   NAYS 0




President of the Senate


Passed by the House March 8, 2002

  YEAS 95   NAYS 0



I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is  ENGROSSED SENATE BILL 5624 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.




Speaker of the

      House of Representatives









Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.  





Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                    ENGROSSED SENATE BILL 5624



                      AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE


             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Senator Kohl‑Welles


Read first time 01/29/2001.  Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

Requiring disclosure of fire protection and building safety information.   

    AN ACT Relating to the disclosure of fire protection and building safety information; and amending RCW 59.18.060.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 59.18.060 and 1991 c 154 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

    The landlord will at all times during the tenancy keep the premises fit for human habitation, and shall in particular:

    (1) Maintain the premises to substantially comply with any applicable code, statute, ordinance, or regulation governing their maintenance or operation, which the legislative body enacting the applicable code, statute, ordinance or regulation could enforce as to the premises rented if such condition substantially endangers or impairs the health or safety of the tenant;

    (2) Maintain the roofs, floors, walls, chimneys, fireplaces, foundations, and all other structural components in reasonably good repair so as to be usable and capable of resisting any and all normal forces and loads to which they may be subjected;

    (3) Keep any shared or common areas reasonably clean, sanitary, and safe from defects increasing the hazards of fire or accident;

    (4) Provide a reasonable program for the control of infestation by insects, rodents, and other pests at the initiation of the tenancy and, except in the case of a single family residence, control infestation during tenancy except where such infestation is caused by the tenant;

    (5) Except where the condition is attributable to normal wear and tear, make repairs and arrangements necessary to put and keep the premises in as good condition as it by law or rental agreement should have been, at the commencement of the tenancy;

    (6) Provide reasonably adequate locks and furnish keys to the tenant;

    (7) Maintain all electrical, plumbing, heating, and other facilities and appliances supplied by him in reasonably good working order;

    (8) Maintain the dwelling unit in reasonably weathertight condition;

    (9) Except in the case of a single family residence, provide and maintain appropriate receptacles in common areas for the removal of ashes, rubbish, and garbage, incidental to the occupancy and arrange for the reasonable and regular removal of such waste;

    (10) Except where the building is not equipped for the purpose, provide facilities adequate to supply heat and water and hot water as reasonably required by the tenant;

    (11)(a) Provide a written notice to all tenants disclosing fire safety and protection information.  The landlord or his or her authorized agent must provide a written notice to the tenant that the dwelling unit is equipped with a smoke detection device as required in RCW 48.48.140.  The notice shall inform the tenant of the tenant's responsibility to maintain the smoke detection device in proper operating condition and of penalties for failure to comply with the provisions of RCW 48.48.140(3).  The notice must be signed by the landlord or the landlord's authorized agent and tenant with copies provided to both parties.  Further, except with respect to a single-family residence, the written notice must also disclose the following:

    (i) Whether the smoke detection device is hard-wired or battery operated;

    (ii) Whether the building has a fire sprinkler system;

    (iii) Whether the building has a fire alarm system;

    (iv) Whether the building has a smoking policy, and what that policy is;

    (v) Whether the building has an emergency notification plan for the occupants and, if so, provide a copy to the occupants;

    (vi) Whether the building has an emergency relocation plan for the occupants and, if so, provide a copy to the occupants; and

    (vii) Whether the building has an emergency evacuation plan for the occupants and, if so, provide a copy to the occupants.

    (b) The information required under this subsection may be provided to a tenant in a multifamily residential building either as a written notice or as a checklist that discloses whether the building has fire safety and protection devices and systems.  The checklist shall include a diagram showing the emergency evacuation routes for the occupants.

    (c) The written notice or checklist must be provided to new tenants at the time the lease or rental agreement is signed, and must be provided to current tenants as soon as possible, but not later than January 1, 2004; and

    (12) Designate to the tenant the name and address of the person who is the landlord by a statement on the rental agreement or by a notice conspicuously posted on the premises.  The tenant shall be notified immediately of any changes by certified mail or by an updated posting.  If the person designated in this section does not reside in the state where the premises are located, there shall also be designated a person who resides in the county who is authorized to act as an agent for the purposes of service of notices and process, and if no designation is made of a person to act as agent, then the person to whom rental payments are to be made shall be considered such agent((.));

    No duty shall devolve upon the landlord to repair a defective condition under this section, nor shall any defense or remedy be available to the tenant under this chapter, where the defective condition complained of was caused by the conduct of such tenant, his family, invitee, or other person acting under his control, or where a tenant unreasonably fails to allow the landlord access to the property for purposes of repair.  When the duty imposed by subsection (1) of this section is incompatible with and greater than the duty imposed by any other provisions of this section, the landlord's duty shall be determined pursuant to subsection (1) of this section.


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