Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required For All Rentals

Following a trend in recent years of carbon-monoxide-related deaths stemming from the use of grills and propane heaters indoors, carbon monoxide detectors are now required for all rental properties. The rule took effect January 1, 2013. The Washington State Building Code Council requires a detector on each level of the residence and outside each sleeping area.

While the state landlord-tenant laws do not specify tenant responsibilities for maintaining carbon monoxide detectors, most standard leases assign responsibilities in a similar fashion to those governing smoke detectors. Property owners are required to install the detectors, while tenants are responsible for their maintenance, and are subject to a fine of up to $200 for non-compliance.

Some buildings already have dual smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, but the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Division recommends testing these at least once a month, especially if they are frequently disabled due to smoke while cooking.

For more information on Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.

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Tips For Choosing the Perfect Sofa

Let’s face it, we spend alot of our time on the sofa, which makes it all that more important that you pick out the perfect one for you, that you’re going to love for a number of years. A sofa can be a hefty investment for many of us, so you’ll want to pick a comfy durable couch that you won’t get sick of, or resent buying within a short period of time. If you’re moving soon, the Seattle Times has compiled a list of tips on picking out the perfect sofa for your rental.

Don’t buy a sofa with loud fabric you’ll likely get sick of in a few years. If you choose a sofa with is covered in big floral or loud stripes that you enjoy now, you might end up getting sick of it before you wear it out, and a couch in good condition that you hate, is a resented one. Pick a neutral fabric you can jazz up with changeable accent pillows. If you MUST have a loud piece of furniture, you can certainly do so, but maybe choose a bright ottoman, or side chair. Don’t choose a fabric or color that is high maintenance; you’ll likely spill on it, dogs will shed hair, food crumbs will make their way into crevices…you’ll want something you can easily clean and make like new. Don’t buy a sofa you wouldn’t want to sleep on, you might have guests over, fall asleep watching TV, and it’s crucial you don’t buy a sofa until you sit in it like you would at home, and make sure the shoe fits! For more information on finding the right couch for your home, visit the Seattle Times.

Seattle Rental Rates Continue to Rise Through 2012

Are you currently a renter who believes you’re paying too much for your rental house on Queen Anne, your Ballard apartment, or your West Seattle condo? If you are not then consider yourself lucky because the cost of rent continues to rise as vacancies around Seattle continue to shrink. While rates are predicted to continue steadily rising through 2012, next year real estate analysts say the trend may come to a halt. 

Rent is continuing to rise in the King and Snohomish counties and according to the Seattle Times, several experts suggest these rates will continue to rise until next year, when a surge of current projects are scheduled to be completed, creating more vacancies around the city. According to the Apartment Insights Washington, the average monthly cost of rent in Seattle is currently $1,094, up 1.7% from last quarter. Our region is in the largest apartment construction boom we’ve seen in over two decades, and should expect rental rates to drop, or at least begin to rise more modestly after this year. For more information, please visit the Seattle Times.

Seattle Rental Rates Continue to Rise Through 2012

Are you currently a renter who believes you’re paying too much for your rental house on Queen Anne, your Ballard apartment, or your West Seattle condo? If you are not then consider yourself lucky because the cost of rent continues to rise as vacancies around Seattle continue to shrink. While rates are predicted to continue steadily rising through 2012, next year real estate analysts say the trend may come to a halt. 

Rent is continuing to rise in the King and Snohomish counties and according to the Seattle Times, several experts suggest these rates will continue to rise until next year, when a surge of current projects are scheduled to be completed, creating more vacancies around the city. According to the Apartment Insights Washington, the average monthly cost of rent in Seattle is currently $1,094, up 1.7% from last quarter. Our region is in the largest apartment construction boom we’ve seen in over two decades, and should expect rental rates to drop, or at least begin to rise more modestly after this year. For more information, please visit the Seattle Times.