Court of Appeals Decision Limits Use of Security Deposit

Posted By: Ryan Makinster Advocacy News,

On Monday, December 5 the WA Court of Appeals published their opinion in Yemeserach Gebreseralse v. Columbia Debt Relief. The court found, in this circumstance, that the security deposit couldn't be fully forfeit due to the tenant’s failure to give notice and must, at least in portion, be applied to the outstanding rent.

The court found that “A landlord may not seek remedies under both the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RLTA), chapter 59.18 RCW, and retain a security deposit to cover damages for the same breach.”

NOTE: As always, these are a general interpretation of the changes adopted and do not constitute legal advice; always consult the appropriate documents and your legal counsel for compliance requirements.